Defending corps, govs, and individuals against cyber espionage

Looking for: Biz developer
The market for defending computer systems against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)* is relatively uncharted in Europe and Asia. Despite an estimated USD 375-575 billions of global losses due to cybercrime in 2014, all major manufacturers of APT defenses are based in the US.

As part of its pioneering research in APTs, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) has acquired a unique expertise that we want to leverage to secure companies and governments against sophisticated cyber attacks.

So far, our work has been dedicated to studying the technical aspects of APTs. For example, we authored the first academic, peer-reviewed paper on APTs against ethnic groups.

We also designed and built tools to detect and analyze email-based APTs and are collaborating with Google to test them on millions of email attachments. These tools have successfully identified APTs against companies and governments in Europe and Asia.

After meeting with potential customers from corporations and governments in December 2015, we are seeking a CEO to help us shape a successful venture committed to building the next generation of defenses against APTs and other emergent threats.

The successful candidate will be responsible of the financial construction of the company. In particular, (s)he will help the founders refine their business model, raise funding from investors and/or the German government, identify key customers and business partners, and work closely with early adopters to identify potential pivots.

The ideal candidate has prior experience in a similar position, a Masters of Business and Administration, and a combination of technical and business skills. A part-time position would be acceptable for experienced candidates currently under employment. Fluency in German is a plus.

Interested candidates may send their CV and references to Dr. Stevens Le Blond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* Cyber attacks motivated by industrial and/or political espionage of specific, high-value computer systems that tend to evade traditional defenses such as Anti-Virus

Additional Info

  • Time commitment: part time (10h/week)
  • Idea stage: closed beta