Chris Klaus

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Christopher W. Klaus
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Born 1973
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Founder and CEO of Kaneva, Investor
Spouse(s) Crissy Klaus
Children Will Klaus

Christopher W. Klaus (born 1973 in Sarasota, Florida, U.S.) is the founder and current CEO of Kaneva[1][2] and founder and former CTO of Internet Security Systems (ISS).[3]

Klaus formed ISS in the early 1990s as a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, eventually dropping out to focus on the growing company. In 2004 Chris Klaus stepped down from his role of Chief Technology Officer of ISS to pursue other interests, although he remained a significant shareholder and retained his role as the company's Chief Security Advisor. In 2006 ISS was sold to IBM for $1.3B.[4][5]

In recent years Klaus has become one of Georgia Tech's most visible contributors, giving a $15M naming gift to build the College of Computing's new home, the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.[5][6][7]

Klaus's wife, Crissy, is also a prominent figure through fifteen years of work in local marketing and real estate, as well as extensive work with non-profit organizations. She recently founded Fio360, Atlanta's first eco-early care center.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Christopher W. Klaus: Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Kaneva, LLC.". Georgia Tech College of Computing. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Kaneva CEO Christopher Klaus". Lockergnome. 2005-08-10. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  3. ^ "ISS Timeline". IBM Internet Security Systems. Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ Fisher, Dennis (11 May 2004). "Internet Security Systems CTO Steps Down". The Channel Insider. 
  5. ^ a b "Internet Security Systems sold for $1.3B". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  6. ^ "The Klaus Advanced Computing Building". Georgia Tech college of Computing. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Gen X High Tech Leader Donates $15 Million to Georgia Tech" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. 2000-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-06.