DarkMatter appoints Michael Pa

DarkMatter appoints Michael Pak as SVP of Secure Communications Engineering, adding to already impressive management team

  • Pak has 20 years of security engineering experience
  • During his career, he founded and managed Samsung Mobile Communications' global security engineering team

DarkMatter, a cyber security firm with global aspirations, announces the appointment of the former head of Security and Privacy Engineering at Google Nest and VP of Security R&D for Samsung Electronics, Michael Pak, to its senior management team. The executive is a 20-year security technology expert and assumes the position of Senior Vice President – Secure Communications Engineering at DarkMatter.

Pak holds 18 security patents and has international security experience spanning the US, South Korea, Japan and other regions of the world. His most recent position was as Head of Security and Privacy Engineering, Google Nest Labs in the US. He has also held leadership positions with leading technology innovators including Samsung Mobile Communications in South Korea; Wind River (an Intel company) in the US; and was co-founder of McAfee Mobile Security Group, also based in the US.

Amongst his accomplishments, Pak directed development of the world’s first mobile devices certified for the Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) Common Criteria and approved for classified use by the US government (CSfP-Commercial Solutions for Classified). He also managed development of the world’s first hardware-based mobile security platform, and directed development of the world’s first biometric-based mobile payment system.

Commenting on Pak’s appointment, Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer of DarkMatter said, “We are proud that Michael has joined our ranks and I am confident that he will add significant value to the impressive team of international subject matter experts we are gathering in the UAE.”

In the past, Pak has represented the companies he was working for within leading industry bodies including the Open Mobile Alliance, Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo), Fast Identity Online (FIDO), and Tizen Alliance.

Commenting on his appointment, Pak said, “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be able to contribute my skill set in a way that fundamentally alters the approach to cyber security from a Secure Communications Engineering perspective on a national level, down. The forward-looking nature of the UAE is aligned to providing a perfect springboard to take this approach to other countries and regions.”

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.

Already a strategic partner of the UAE government, 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.