Cybersecurity giant SentinelOne said it is acquiring advisory firm Krebs Stamos Group and creating a new entity called PinnacleOne Strategic Advisory Group.
Founded in 2021 by Christopher Krebs — the first director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency — and former Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, the advisory firm provided cybersecurity consulting services to major corporations.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Krebs will serve as chief intelligence and public policy officer at SentinelOne while Stamos will serve as chief trust officer.
According to SentinelOne, the new PinnacleOne venture will “focus on helping today’s executives understand the realities of operating in the modern global business landscape through unparalleled intelligence, insight and transformative risk management strategies.”
“Whether we like it or not, technology has changed the world as we know it and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. But there is hope,” Krebs said. “PinnacleOne will provide insight and advice executives can rely on to better understand the threats they’re facing, alongside actionable strategies that enhance their resilience and prepare them for the future.”
SentinelOne’s Eran Ashkenazi referred to the new entity as a “think tank for hire” that would help customers understand who is targeting them, what they’re after and how strong their security posture is.
In a post on LinkedIn, Stamos said he and Krebs were excited to “help build new capabilities to support defenders from the hands-on-keyboard security analyst up to the Board of Directors.”
Stamos added that he will be leaving his role as director of the Stanford Internet Observatory to focus more on teaching at the school and child safety research.
In May, the Krebs Stamos Group laid off six of its 18 employees.
Krebs spent decades working in cybersecurity before becoming the first CISA director. He became a household name after sparring with then-President Donald Trump over claims of voting irregularities in 2020. Trump then fired Krebs in a message on Twitter.
Stamos ran Facebook’s security team as the company dealt with several controversies, including the proliferation of Russian disinformation on the platforms during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and United Nations’ reports that military generals in Myanmar used the social media site to perpetrate the Rohingya genocide.
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Jonathan Greig is a Breaking News Reporter at Recorded Future News. Jonathan has worked across the globe as a journalist since 2014. Before moving back to New York City, he worked for news outlets in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He previously covered cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.