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CSO | CIO | Digital Identity | Cybersecurity | CISO Advisory

David Mahdi

CSO | CIO | Digital Identity | Cybersecurity | CISO Advisory | Author | Keynote Speaker | Board Member | M&A | Co-Creator of Machine Identity Management


Former Gartner research VP, identity, cryptography and cybersecurity visionary, Mr. Mahdi is an industry recognized pioneer. Co-Founder of the emerging Machine Identity Management market.

David has helped large organizations tackle digital transformation projects that included digital identity, IoT security, and early stage blockchain efforts; guided organizations to build internal cryptography teams, such as the cryptography center of excellence; and consulted through IPOs, raising capital, and M&A, among many other contributions. A top performing analyst, his depth and breadth of coverage made him one of the most demanded industry analysts for clients around the globe. As a market maker, David was instrumental in creating markets and definitions for areas such as: Decentralized identity, Bring Your own identity (BYOI), passwordless authentication, Machine Identity management, and privacy enhanced computation.

As an executive leader, David holds several advisory and board positions for non-profits, and established technology providers in the areas of digital and decentralized Identity, post-quantum cryptography, cybersecurity awareness, and blockchain/NFTs.