Michael Perklin Joins ShapeShift as Chief Information Security Officer

Perklin conducted the investigation into ShapeShift's April 2016 security breach.

ShapeShift, an instant digital asset exchange for Bitcoin and other blockchain tokens, has hired cryptocurrency investigator Michael Perklin as its Chief Information Security Officer.

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“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.”

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Perklin first became acquainted with ShapeShift when he conducted the investigation into the company’s April 2016 security breach. He is known in the Bitcoin and blockchain sector for founding Canada’s first blockchain security consulting company.

Erik Voorhees, CEO, Shapeshift
Erik Voorhees, CEO, Shapeshift

“When ShapeShift was hacked in Spring of 2016, we worked with Michael to audit and investigate. His expertise was matched only by our enthusiasm for working alongside him. Following the investigation, he decided to invest in ShapeShift, and we’re thrilled to now bring him on board full time as CISO,” said Erik Voorhees, ShapeShift CEO.

“Michael Perklin has pioneered the standardization of security-related best practices in the industry. He’s a talented individual of immense character, and happens to be one of the world’s foremost blockchain security experts,” Voorhees added. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of his caliber joining the team.”

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.

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