With President Trump calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to join him in his 24-hour call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, CrowdStrike has gotten more recognition for its work protecting Trump’s election-based networks.
But what they do isn’t likely to spark any patriotism among Democratic lawmakers or critics of Trump’s embrace of Putin.
“The people who aren’t aware of what they do are not watching MSNBC or listening to CNN,” said a CrowdStrike source, who requested anonymity so that the company could speak freely.
Other Democrats reacted sharply on Twitter.
“CrowdStrike has joined the Trump Administration and is now responsible for protecting core infrastructure that Ukraine, NATO and U.S. must protect ourselves from,” Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois, said in a tweet.
CrowdStrike has declined to discuss its work for Trump or his aides. “We are here to provide the best possible security to the president and his administration and his team,” said CrowdStrike spokeswoman Elana Simon.
The cyber firm was founded in 2006 to focus on defense against cyberattacks. Its chief executive, Kevin Mandia, has won high marks for his work leading FireEye, an ex-government agency that received a major infusion of private investment to grow into a more robust cybersecurity firm.