Lacework appoints Niels Provos as its inaugural Head of Security Efficacy

Niels Provos, Head of Security Efficacy at Lacework

Lacework®, the data-driven cloud security firm, has appointed Niels Provos as the firm’s first Head of Security Efficacy. Provos brings nearly two decades of experience in creating healthy engineering teams that build security infrastructure and systems that solve cloud security problems at scale. He puts an emphasis on treating security as an engineering problem.

What is the industry expertise of Niels Provos?

After receiving his PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan, Provos spent 15 years supporting the development of Google’s security and privacy engineering practice, like helping to establish Safe Browsing which protects over 4 billion devices on the Internet.

He then joined Stripe in 2018 as Head of Security where he set Stripe on a path towards a security posture to help build significant trust with customers and to be ready for the public markets. To keep himself balanced and get more people interested in working in the security domain, he also produces cybersecurity-themed EDM tracks under his artist name Activ8te.

“I have helped to build two world-class security firms and during that time have seen adversaries become more sophisticated and attacks increase in frequency,” said Provos.

“I believe that every company needs to be enabled to protect their clients’ data against threats. That’s why my next challenge is being part of a team with the greater mission of helping clients be secure in a more hostile environment. Lacework is in a great position by focusing on customer outcomes that matter to help scale security like no other firm before.” 

What does the appointment mean for Lacework?

Jay Parikh, Chief Executive Officer at Lacework

“Niels is one of the strongest security-minded leaders in the world with a long track record of building world-class security firms. He understands the challenges security professionals face in today’s cloud environments and how to solve them. Niels will help us continue delivering new innovations in the Polygraph Data Platform, bringing the security excellence he built at Stripe and Google to customers of all sizes and industries,” said Jay Parikh, CEO, Lacework.

Provos is another industry leader to join Lacework in recent months, along with CMO Meagen Eisenberg, CFO Andrew Casey, VP of Americas Channels Faraz Siraj, and VP of Global Technical Services Chris Gilbert. Lacework was also named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, the Forbes Cloud 100, and ranked 6th in Forbes’ America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 list.

In addition, Lacework was also recently recognised as a leader in innovation and growth by Frost & Sullivan in the analyst firm’s recent Global CNAPP Radar Report