Founder & CEO
Dr. Chris Pierson
A globally recognized expert on cybersecurity & privacy, Chris is responsible for the strategic direction of BlackCloak and the development of its proprietary protection technology and approach. Chris has been on the front lines of cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime for over 20 years and uses his unique background in cybersecurity, privacy, engineering, and the law to protect key targets in the public and private sectors from nation state actors and cybercriminals. It is this blend that fuels BlackCloak's cybersecurity & privacy solutions for its special client base, their families, and corporate executives.
Very few people have the experience of working in classified environments with our nation's intelligence agencies, being a Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, and General Counsel. Chris’ experience includes fighting fraud and hackers at one of the largest global banks (Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)), working as a Special Government Employee for the Department of Homeland Security on its Cybersecurity Subcommittee and Privacy Committee, as the President of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Phoenix Infragard, and as the founding executive of Viewpost - a FinTech payments company.
He and his teams have received numerous awards from the U.S. Secret Service, CSO50, top cybersecurity companies, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. Chris is a globally recognized keynote speaker & cybersecurity thought leader, board advisor, and is frequently quoted by the media on cybersecurity & privacy.
Chris received his B.A. and M.A. from Boston College and his Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Iowa.