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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

CrowdStrike, a Sunnyvale, California-based cybersecurity company, filed for a $100 million IPO on Tuesday. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq with Goldman Sachs as lead underwriter, and reports a $140 million net loss on $250 million in revenue for 2018.

Why it matters: This is the company best known for investigating the 2016 election hacking scandal, and it plans to go public as fears ramp up over interference attempts in 2020.

ROI: CrowdStrike raised over $480 million in VC funding from firms like Warburg Pincus (30.3% pre-IPO stake), Accel (20.3%) and CapitalG (11.2%). Its most recent post-money valuation was $3.35 billion, in June 2018.

The bottom line, via Axios cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill: CrowdStrike is well-esteemed for endpoint detection technology, incident response and research into threat actors, who it's given colorful nicknames like Fancy Bear and Gothic Panda.

Go deeper: CrowdStrike hires Goldman Sachs for IPO

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.