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Xinran Wang

Xinran is the current VP of Engineering at F5 Networks. Previously, he was SVP of Engineering of Shape Security, which was acquired by F5 Networks for $1bn. 


Xinran has 20 years of extensive experience in research and development of security and anti-fraud. He joined Shape Security in 2013 as chief security scientist and developed several critical countermeasures used in Shape Enterprise Defense in the early stage. He then created and expanded Shape's threat research team and invented and developed handful core anti-fraud products to make Shape always ahead of attackers. Later on, Xinran became VP of Engineering to lead all engineering teams and R&D efforts. Since then, he has created a strong customer centric culture, grew and built a high performance team, and delivered several very successful products and releases. Before Shape, Xinran was an early employee and engineering manager at Palo Alto Networks. He led a team to invent and develop Wildfire, one of the most successful products in PAN, from scratch.

Besides being a seasoned engineering leader, Xinran is also a domain expert in security and anti-fraud area. He has published many papers and presented in the top security conferences including Black Hat (2013), Virus Bulletin (2012,2013,2014), Usenix security, ACM conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) and International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS). His papers have been cited over 1,000 times. He holds 20 US patents in malware and bot detection and cloud and mobile security.

Xinran holds bachelor's and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University and earned his PhD degree in Computer Science from Penn State University, focused on system and software security. His Ph.D. works inspired a startup company even before his graduation.

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