DarkMatter appoints SVP of Special Projects
Dr. Najwa Aaraj is promoted to senior vice president of Special Projects at DarkMatter
Cybersecurity firm, DarkMatter has announced Dr. Najwa Aaraj has been promoted to senior vice president of Special Projects, having previously served as vice president of the business unit.
Special projects fall under the CEO's office and is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, providing new security and technology tools and focussing on research.
Dr. Aaraj was one of the earliest appointments to DarkMatter's senior management team in 2014, where she oversaw the development and commercial introduction of secure communications applications, such as DarkMatter's Secure Voice and Chat service.
In her new role, Dr. Aaraj will continue to be involved in evaluating and customising secure product architecture; designing and setting up special projects related to authentication and cryptology systems; and overseeing the development and operation of DarkMatter's test and validation labs.
Faisal Al Bannai, chief executive officer at DarkMatter said: "Dr. Aaraj has been with us right from the very beginning and we are hugely grateful for her commitment, enthusiasm, and obvious talent. Part of the journey with DarkMatter was always going to be about believing in the company's vision, and Dr. Aaraj was one of the earliest converts."
He continued: "Dr. Aaraj's increased responsibilities are well deserved given the hard work and success she has already achieved in delivering projects to our clients. Our Secure Communications portfolio, amongst other solutions, has been well received and I look forward to Dr. Aaraj continuing to driving success in her engagements."
The Special Projects unit within DarkMatter looks to foster inter-departmental collaboration, and aside from secure communications it also involved in the setting up of the company's Crypto programme, its test and validation labs, and the development of new (secure) technologies.
Dr. Aaraj said: "It has been an exciting and fulfilling journey with DarkMatter so far. I am so impressed by the progress we have all been able to achieve in a relatively short period of time, and I would like to thank my colleagues for their support throughout. We are only at the beginning of having a profound impact on how cyber security is regarded and implemented in the UAE and further afield and I look forward to building a legacy we can all be proud about having had a part in establishing."
Prior to joining DarkMatter Dr. Aaraj worked at Booz & Company, where she led consulting engagements in the communication and technology industry for clients across four continents. Prior to that, she held several research positions, including research fellow with IBM T. J. Watson Security Research in New York, and with the Intel Security Research Group in Portland in Oregon. She also was a research staff member at NEC Laboratories in Princeton in New Jersey.