Wickr Inc., the secure collaboration platform, has announced the launch of its Federal Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance on the company’s federal strategy to connect end users with secure collaboration for mission-critical needs.
Wickr provides secure video conferencing, voice, messaging and file sharing for mission-critical, sensitive information.
Members of the Wickr Federal Advisory Board include (in alphabetical order):
- John Carlin, Partner, Morrison & Foerster; former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division and former Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III
- Sean Corbett, CEO and Founder, IntSight Global; former Air-Vice Marshal, UK Ministry of Defence
- Steve Grobman, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, McAfee
- Joanne Isham, Independent Consultant; former Deputy Director National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Director for Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency
- Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Best-selling Author, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; Partner and Chief Marketing Officer, Shield AI
- Meagan Metzger, CEO, Dcode
- Matt Olsen, Chief Trust and Security Officer, Uber; former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
- Vincent Stewart, Chief Innovation and Business Intelligence Officer, Ankura; retired, LtGen USMC Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- Jan Tighe, Member of the Board of Directors, Goldman Sachs; retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and Director of Naval Intelligence, and Commander of Tenth Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command
- Kiersten Todt, Board Chair; Managing Director, Cyber Readiness Institute; former Executive Director, Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
The Federal Advisory Board will be vital in supporting Wickr’s federal strategy, capitalizing on its recent growth – including a multi-million-dollar contract award with the Air Force special operations community – by providing external guidance, expertise and strategy on how to bring the firm’s secure collaboration tool to federal departments.
“As attack surfaces evolve due to remote and distributed work, malicious cyber actors will continue to target the federal government, and most significantly our service members and their families through increasingly sophisticated tactics. The need for strong encryption and end-to-end encrypted communications in the federal space is clear,” said Joel Wallenstrom, CEO & President of Wickr. “We’re thrilled to launch our Federal Advisory Board with this incredibly talented group of experts to bring the security of the Wickr platform to our federal and coalition partners.”
Kiersten Todt, Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, will Chair Wickr’s Federal Advisory Board. “I look forward to leading this outstanding group of individuals and am confident the Board’s insights and expertise will ensure Wickr is successful in supporting the federal government’s pressing need for the most secure, reliable, encrypted communications and collaboration solution.”
With a proliferation of new threats and increasingly sensitive information being communicated in insecure ways, there is an urgent need for federal agencies to access end-to-end encrypted communications tools. As federal agencies begin to leverage the power of Wickr, the Federal Advisory Board will be critical in providing insight on how the company can continue to innovate the platform to fit the needs of the federal government today and well into the future.
Wickr’s Federal Advisory Board will convene its first meeting in December and meet quarterly with company leadership to discuss strategy, product development and messaging focused on the federal landscape.