Dr. Chris Pierson
Founder & CEO
Dr. Chris Pierson is the Founder & CEO of BLACKCLOAK – a Concierge CybersecurityTM & Privacy protection suite for high-net-worth individuals and top C-Suite executives. BLACKCLOAK protects its customers from financial loss, cybercrime, hacking, reputational damage, privacy exposure, and identity theft as they are among the most preyed upon targets in the world.
Chris has been on the front lines of cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime for over 20 years. His experience includes fighting fraud and hackers at the world’s 3rd largest bank, working as a Special Government Employee for the Department of Homeland Security on it’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee and Data Privacy & Integrity Advisory Committee, as the President of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Arizona Infragard (information sharing organization), and in various other roles as a Chief Information Security Officer and General Counsel for financial companies supporting the top 10 banks. He and his teams have received numerous awards from the U.S. Secret Service, CSO50, and top cybersecurity companies like FireEye, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.
Dr. Pierson has over 20 years of experience building and leading cybersecurity and privacy programs. Chris was a founding executive of Viewpost, a FinTech payments company, serving as their CISO and General Counsel and was also the first Chief Privacy Officer, SVP for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) U.S. operations leading its privacy and data protection program. Chris was also a corporate attorney for Lewis and Roca where he established its CyberSecurity Practice representing companies who were hacked and fell victim to data breaches.
Chris is a globally recognized keynote speaker & cybersecurity thought leader, board advisor for startups, and is frequently quoted by the media on cybersecurity & privacy.