Framingham, MA, April 24, 2019 – DUST Identity, pioneers of the world’s first diamond unclonable security tag, today announced the appointment of Edna Conway, a global IT innovator to its advisory board. Conway brings over 30 years of experience in developing and leading strategies that improve security and resilience throughout global value chains.
“The key to protecting our digital economy and ensuring the integrity of the global value chain is to build a secure third-party ecosystem,” said Conway. “DUST Identity’s solution can serve as a ‘birth certificate’ for hardware and complements value chain security solutions currently on the market. I am excited to join the company’s advisory board and look forward to helping the team advance its technology and continue its momentum.”
The concern of threats targeting vulnerabilities in the supply chain for both enterprise and government computing systems has never been higher. According to a recent Crowdstrike report surveying 1,300 senior IT decision-makers and IT security professionals, 87 percent had suffered a supply chain attack even after implementing a full defensive strategy or having a pre-planned response in place. Additionally, almost 90 percent of respondents believed they were at risk for a supply chain attack.
“We are honored to welcome Edna, an accomplished executive, a thought leader and a value chain security expert, to our advisory board,” said Ophir Gaathon, CEO and cofounder, DUST Identity. “Our nation, government agencies and commercial enterprises are increasingly at risk, and the stakes are extremely high. Edna is at the forefront of value chain innovation and leveraging her perspective and experience will help enhance DUST Identity’s momentum to ensure integrity across complex supply chains, improve overall security and build trust.”
DUST Identity offers the first-ever unclonable, and uncompromisable security tracking solution for hardware authentication and asset protection. The technology addresses a key pain point for businesses experiencing new vulnerabilities and security disruptions as their global value chains become more digital and dynamic. As products and data flow, it is vital to ensure a trusted binding between physical and digital domains.
Following seed funding led by Kleiner Perkins in 2019, DUST Identity has accelerated the research and development of its advanced, proprietary technology. Simultaneously, DUST Identity is accelerating business development opportunities and deploying a variety of strategic POCs with global organizations. Earlier in 2019, DUST Identity was named a BostInno Startup to Watch, a BuiltIn Boston Startup to Watch and inducted into the prestigious MIT Startup Exchange STEX25.
About Edna Conway
As Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Conway creates clear strategies for secure operating models in the digital economy. She drives a comprehensive security architecture across third party ecosystems, for which she is recognized domestically (U.S. Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO). Her insight is featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Recognition of her industry leadership includes membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, and awards including: RSA CSO of the Year, Fed 100 Award, Stevie “Maverick of the Year Award,” Connected World Magazine “Machine to Machine & IOT Trailblazer” Award, an SC Media Reboot Leadership Award, the New Hampshire Tech Professional of 2018 Award.
About DUST Identity
DUST Identity is the creator of the Diamond Unclonable Security Tag (DUST), a proprietary technology utilizing nanoengineered diamonds to create an unclonable identity layer on any object. DUST Identity is the only supply-chain solution that ensures the provenance of parts and associated data with a secure physical-digital binding. DUST Identity, established in 2018 and headquartered in Boston, was created by a team of quantum physics, nanotechnology and cyber experts. The company is an MIT spinoff, participated in several DARPA programs and is backed by Kleiner Perkins with participation from New Science Ventures, Angular Ventures and Castle Island Ventures. Learn more via www.dustidentity.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.