DarkMatter to Lead the Region in Certification Authority Services With Appointment of PKI Specialist

Mar 29, 2016, 05:56 ET from DarkMatter

DUBAI and ABU DHABI, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Scott Rea joins as Senior Vice President - Public Key Infrastructure, and will drive Certification Authority activities 
  • DarkMatter is set to establish  home-grown Root Certification Authorities for facilitating Identity Management in the UAE 

DarkMatter, an international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, has appointed Scott Rea as Senior Vice President - Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), where he will lead the company's efforts to elevate Identity Management in the UAE and GCC region by establishing domestic Root Certification Authority services. Scott will also be responsible for the support rendered by DarkMatter to governments and industry clients in the implementation and improvement of Managed Public Key Infrastructure (MPKI) projects.

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With 20 + years of PKI experience across multiple continents, Scott joins DarkMatter most recently from DigiCert, a US-based Certificate Authority (CA) where he was Senior PKI Architect and Vice President of Government and Education Relations. There he led a team that provided both policy and technology subject matter expertise in the design and architecture of emerging PKI systems, and helped maintain the international trust and recognition of a global commercial CA. As a Vice President of the DigiCert executive management team, Scott engaged in strategic planning and forecasting for the company, and managed relationships with key industry partners.

Commenting on Scott's appointment, DarkMatter Chief Executive Officer, Faisal Al Bannai said, "The development of Root Certificate Authority services for the UAE and beyond is a momentous step to propelling the GCC to the forefront of Identity Management and a deep vote of confidence and trust in DarkMatter to be able to deliver on this important aspect of cyber security trust and authentication. A Certification Authority as part of a PKI's framework for trust requires the meticulous establishment of technology and tokens; policy and procedures; and relationships and responsibilities, and Scott's impressive knowledge and experience in these areas makes him perfectly suited to drive this area of the business."

The UAE already has some PKI related policies in place, which enables digital signatures and encrypted communications using the digital certificates provided to citizens and residents as part of their identity, to be locally trusted. Expanding these policies to enable international recognition will be a key business enabler for the UAE.

Scott Rea said, "It is a privilege to be able to work on projects of such significance to trust establishment and the highest levels of identity management, which are set to have an impact across government and industry for many years to come. Countries such as the UAE have such ambitious plans to fully immerse themselves in the digital age, while also taking a pragmatic approach to cyber security and certification. PKI activities and the establishment of Certification Authorities are in the interests of all legitimate, authentic parties operating in cyber space, and I am looking forward to adding to DarkMatter's efforts to make this environment a much more secure one in which to operate. We are building the foundations of trust for the future."

Scott is also a founding member of several PKI based global trust communities, holds board positions on industry based non-profits aimed at establishing trust and securing information, and participates in many industry forums for the development and maintenance of security and trust related standards. Before working with DigiCert in 2009, Scott served as the Senior PKI Architect for Dartmouth College where he also operated the Higher Education Bridge Certification Authority (HEBCA). Prior to his time at Dartmouth, Scott provided professional services for PKI integration for IdenTrust and Digital Signature Trust, commercial CAs and global leaders in trusted identity solutions.

Scott, a native Australian and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, holds an MS in Computer Science from Queensland University of Technology and degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Already a trusted partner to the UAE Government, DarkMatter is staffed by tier-one international cyber experts who develop, manage and deploy the most innovative technologies. Solutions adhere to the company's Cyber Security Life-Cycle, which incorporates a four-stage approach involving planning, detection, protection and recovery.

DarkMatter is leveraging this experience in the wider market as it looks to serve regional and international clients. The company provides a complete portfolio of cyber security solutions and services to organisations that have sophisticated security requirements, from governments and infrastructure operators to large corporations.

About DarkMatter

DarkMatter is a company that is transforming the cyber security landscape by providing a complete range of state-of-the-art services and solutions to government and commercial clients. Its end-to-end expertise extends to:

Governance, Risk and Compliance

We work with public and private entities in all verticals to audit and assess their performance against regulatory standards, helping identify gaps and meet obligations.

Cyber Network Defence

Our elite team of cyber experts, engaged across all competencies and functions, tasked with identifying and responding to the most advanced threats, threat actors, and cyber attacks.

Managed Security Services

We offer a remote monitoring remediation and resolution service that puts the full capabilities and resources of the DarkMatter organisation at the service of our MSS teams. Whether you need a SOC built and operated from scratch or you need assistance in upgrading what you currently have in place, DarkMatter can provide assistance.

Secure Communications

DarkMatter's Secure Communications Suite protects fixed and mobile voice, video, chat, email, file sharing, data communication, as well as device management across various platforms and operating systems.

Infrastructure and System Integration

This area underpins our professional services offering for governments and corporations, providing applications, services and solutions that ensure our clients remain at the forefront of cyber security.

Smart Solutions

We offer a comprehensive security suite of services comprising elements of protection for both homes and businesses: The Connected and Secure Home & Office; Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures; Mobile Peace of Mind; and Trusted Hardware supply.

Staffed by global experts and headquartered in the UAE, DarkMatter provides peace of mind through consulting and project implementations that are scalable to clients of any size and that address any domain of cyber security threat or risk. As a trusted partner to governments and critical infrastructure entities, the firm also works with leading global companies operating in the field of electronic and cyber security.

Agile and innovative, DarkMatter takes a comprehensive approach to helping its clients navigate the complex and ever-evolving world of threat and risk mitigation strategies, tools, policies and systems.


Media contacts 

Kevin Healy, Executive Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications, DarkMatter  
Tel.: +971-56-538-7806 
Email: Kevin.Healy@darkmatter.ae

Lina Arke, Account Executive, H+K Strategies  
Tel.: +971-56-174-2468 
Email: Lina.Arke@hkstrategies.com

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