Dfns, the French cybersecurity startup that provides the API for securing digital assets, announces that it has hired BitGo’s director of security of information systems, Dr. Samer Fayssal (ex-Rakuten, Solarwinds, Euclidia, LogicNow and GFI Software). This will help strengthen security, compliance and conduct research programs about new emerging threats and target decentralized financiers and crypto players in general.
BitGo’s Information Systems Security Director joined Dfns
Founded in 2020 in Paris, Dfns is a startup incubated at Station F (labeled Future40), accelerated by Techstars and recognized as DeepTech by the Ministry of the Economy. The company is already established around the world and has offices in Paris, Amsterdam, New York, London, Stockholm and Sofia. It was through a press release published today that it announced the recent recruitment of Dr Samer Fayssal in the post of Chief Information Security Officer.
Dr. Samer Fayssal is Head of Security at BitGo Inc. and Director of Information Systems Security at BitGo Trust. Prior to that, he held various senior cybersecurity positions at Rakuten, Solarwinds, Euclidia, LogicNow and GFI Software. Dr Samer Fayssal joined Dfns as Chief Information Security Officer to bring the security of crypto wallets to a higher level and to improve the customer experience by providing applications with new functionality.
BitGo is the second largest cryptocurrency wallet provider in the world, holding $ 64 billion (since November 2021). Acquired by Galaxy Digital in May 2021 for over $ 1.2 billion, the company was founded in 2013 by Mike Belshe in San Francisco. It has never been hacked in its history, making BitGo one of the safest and most respected custodians in the cryptocurrency industry.
Mike Belshe took on Dr. Samer Fayssal for his exceptional career, knowledge and skills in the field of cybersecurity. Dr. Samer Fayssal brings more than 20 years of leadership, scientific research and software development that has allowed him to implement 12 safety programs, 3 USPTO certified patents and publish more than 10 IEEE/ACM cited research papers 85 times.
Unparalleled cybersecurity expertise in the service of Dfns
Dr. Samer Fayssal also has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in cybersecurity, from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, in addition to being trained in leadership and security management at Stanford University. In addition to his technical and executive experience, Dr. Samer Fayssal is an expert on regulatory requirements for a world-class information security program, including NIST-800, FFIEC, GLBA, CCPA, SOC, and ISO-27000.
As CISO at Dfns, Dr. Samer Fayssal will be responsible for the development and implementation of Dfns ’strategic security plan, which includes the development of a world-class security program. In addition, it will support security R&D efforts to develop innovative cryptographic solutions. He will bring his deep security knowledge to Dfns to develop the next generation of wallets that will disrupt the market. These solutions will be the backbone of digital asset processing systems.
“Today, we are blessed with production-ready crypto like MPC that allows us to secure wallets in a way that was impossible 10 years ago. I am very motivated by this new opportunity and I am eager to contribute to the democratization of the portfolios of cryptocurrencycomment by Dr. Samer Fayssal. “Security-more specifically zero-trust security-is the missing bridge to reach the next billion crypto users.»
Dfns is a cybersecurity company that develops SaaS for securing digital assets. The recent recruitment of Dr. Samer Fayssal is a key asset for this company whose goal is to bring calm to decentralized finance by eliminating new blockchain risks and making digital asset transactions easier, faster and more affordable.
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