Introducing BlackBerry’s New Chief Security Officer, David Kleidermacher



kleidermacher 1 smallBlackBerry announced today that David Kleidermacher (left) has joined us as our new Chief Security Officer.

David’s security expertise is considerable, spanning more than 20 years in strategy and product engineering focused on operating systems, high assurance software development techniques, mobile device security and the Internet of Things (IoT). He literally wrote the book on security for embedded systems: Embedded Systems Security: Practical Methods for Safe and Secure Software and Systems Development. He’s also authored articles and whitepapers on everything from bringing mobile devices up to military spec to connected cars. Read his first blog for Inside BlackBerry on health insurer Anthem Inc.’s data breach.

David comes to BlackBerry from Green Hills Software where he was Chief Technology Officer. During his time at Green Hills, he led the team that developed the company’s market-leading INTEGRITY high reliability real-time operating system. INTEGRITY was certified by the NSA at EAL6+ High Robustness Common Criteria SKPP — the highest security level ever achieved for an operating system. It was also certified by the FAA.

In other words, David knows security.

As our CEO and Executive Chairman John Chen said, “David is an outstanding addition to our best-in-class security team, and he will help extend BlackBerry’s gold standard of security as we work with customers to meet new cybersecurity challenges. In particular, David’s knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy and continue to expand our management of the world’s mobile endpoints.”

That matters to BlackBerry; we have a long-standing commitment to advancing mobile security and protecting customer data and privacy. In fact, we have more than 70 government certifications and approvals — more than any other vendor. And, we’re the only provider to offer encrypted voice, text and messaging.

David will be instrumental in maintaining and elevating BlackBerry’s gold standard in security and will take our best practices, experience and technologies to advance the BlackBerry IoT Platform to scale to the level of security that the Internet of Things demands.

“If you think we have a big security problem with a billion smartphones, think what will happen when we have a trillion autonomous objects,” David said. “I think BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to meet this challenge head on and I’m excited to be part of it.”

As CSO, David leads our Global Product Security organization, which is responsible for efforts including security-specific research and product development, and BlackBerry’s product certification and approval program.

Welcome David!

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