Kyrus was started in 2009 by a team of computer, security, law enforcement and intelligence experts who, having worked for a variety of agencies and companies, knew exactly how they did not want to do business: the staid, mechanical quest for revenue - any revenue - at the expense of people and purpose. Our founding principles: Do work that matters and have the greatest impact on the customer's mission.
Every start-up story seems to find its founders working out of a garage. For us an old dentist's office had to suffice. Those early days were both exciting and dark at the same time. Sticking to your principles is easier said than done when you have to make payroll and customers are slow with receivables. We knew that buckling meant our efforts were wasted. We could have stayed at our old, safe, certainly higher-paying jobs if we were just going to be doing business as usual.
In our second year of business we got a call from a former colleague who now occupied the C-suite at a much larger and rapidly growing company. She called on us to help deal with a security breach. We sent three people to do the work: two who had done incident response before and one whose career had been spent breaking into systems not cleaning up the mess afterwards. This exercise in offense-and-defense working together led to what was then a novel idea - monitoring execution beats assembling logs - which led to a proof-of-concept, which led to a new product that the world knows as Carbon Black.
Over the next several years we went from the founding five to over 30 people located around the country. We incubated, seeded and spun Carbon Black into its own company, helped disrupt a couple of botnets, funded and led another start-up, and then another, and then another, and came up with several new great ideas.
Today the greater Kyrus family is nearly 50 people spread across four companies, all working seamlessly together to offer customers comprehensive and complementary computer security services. We would be nothing without our people and we take pride in having created a culture that supports and rewards personal initiative and risk-taking and that values work with meaning over meaningless growth.
Our commitment to mission impact drives everything we do. What we are doing is secondary to how impactful our work is to our customers. This passion is what enables us to outperform the competition and deliver on promises no one else can make. It is why Kyrus is the company of choice for public and private organizations that are trying to address the most difficult computer security problems.