ShapeShift hires blockchain expert Michael Perklin as Chief Information Security Officer

Announcements | February 1, 2017 By:

ShapeShift has hired blockchain expert Michael Perklin as Chief Information Security Officer, who will be responsible overseeing the exchange platform’s information security architecture.

“I’m excited to join ShapeShift due to their constant innovation in the blockchain space. Their non-custodial exchange has proven that customers are safer when their user information and assets are not collected or stored,” said Perklin. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be joining such a bright, talented team with forward-thinking new technologies on the horizon.”

Perklin first collaborated with ShapeShift (based in Switzerland) when he was hired to conduct an investigation of the company’s April 2016 security breach and to help get ShapeShift back on its feet. At the time, he found he agreed with the company’s approach to business.

“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to work with Michael,” said Erik Voorhees, CEO of ShapeShift. “and having him on board with us full-time now is a dream come true for a blockchain startup.”

Prior to joining ShapeShift, Michael served as Head of Security and Investigative Services at Ledger Labs Inc. as Lead Digital Investigator for Rogers Communications and was a digital-forensic and security consultant for Froese Forensic Partners. Additionally, he is president of C4, a non-profit standards organization dedicated to developing and maintaining standards that assist organizations in using blockchain technology such as bitcoin.