DarkMatter appoints PKI specialist
Scott Rea joins as senior vice president of Public Key Infrastructure and will drive certification authority activities
UAE cyber security firm DarkMatter, has announced its appointment of Scott Rea as senior vice president of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
Rea will aim to elevate identity management in the UAE and GCC region by establishing domestic root certification authority services. He 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 (MKPI) projects.
DarkMatter's 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."
Rea joins DarkMatter with over 20 years of PKI experience, and most recently from DigiCert, a US-based Certificate Authority (CA) where he was Senior PKI Architect and Vice President of Government and Education Relations.
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, Rea engaged in strategic planning and forecasting for the company, and managed relationships with key industry partners.
"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," said Rea.
"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."
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.
DarkMatter is a trusted partner to the UAE government, it also plans to widen its experience to serve regional and international clients.