DarkMatter, a cyber security firm with global aspirations, announces the appointment of Harshul Joshi as its Senior Vice President, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance. The executive joins DarkMatter from San Francisco-headquartered cloud computing company Salesforce.com, where he was General Manager of the company’s Government Cloud platform, and its Global Head of Cyber Security Regulations and Standards.
Joshi comes with over 17 years of experience in the fields of cloud-based technologies, regulatory compliance, governance, risk, and internal audit; all of which are advisory services offered by DarkMatter to government and commercial entities
A dynamic practice leader, Joshi has a successful track record of working with various C-level executives; security entities, as well as with state, national and multilateral bodies — including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCI Security Standards Council.
Prior to joining Salesforce.com, Joshi was a senior executive within the Security practice for PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP) in the technology sector. He has also held various leadership roles with Sony Corporation of America, GTE Internetworking (currently Verizon) and KPMG LLP. He is a member of several Boards of Advisors to companies in Silicon Valley, is the Global Editor for ISO 27007, and is a regular contributor to various ISO and country-level cyber security standards.
Commenting on Joshi’s appointment, Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer of DarkMatter said, “The role of governance, risk, and compliance on the modern cyber security landscape is paramount as it provides parameters and guidance to the industry’s direction, and prioritises where investments ought to be made.”
Al Bannai continued, “As a strategic partner to the UAE government, DarkMatter’s ability to offer advisory to government and non-government entities alike on the current state and future direction of cyber security in the UAE is unprecedented, and Harshul’s vast experience will be invaluable in this respect.”
In his new role, Joshi is responsible for various cyber risk and regulatory activities in vital industries including the oil and gas, government, defence, and finance. He also leads the cyber security and regulatory components of DarkMatter’s Smart City solutions.
Commenting on his appointment, Joshi said, “The need for governance and compliance is more acute in rapidly developing geographies and sectors, and the Middle East region has a requirement in both areas. Having the ability to advise on policy and best-practice, and then being able to work on the implementation of such from a commercial perspective is a profound opportunity. This is a great prospect with a company that has very real potential and I am excited to be a part of it."
DarkMatter is staffed by tier one international cyber experts who develop, manage and deploy the most innovative technologies, adhering to the company’s Cyber Security Life-Cycle, which incorporates a four-stage approach involving planning, detection, protection and recovery, and reinforces its secure business solutions.
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.