Privacy-Focused Identity Company Welcomes Former British Intelligence Experts in Cybersecurity Technology to Growing Team

​Trust Stamp, a global provider of AI-powered identity services, is pleased to welcome key Executive Advisors to its team. Daryl Burns and Dr. Niel Kempson are formerly of Government and Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the U.K.’s cyber, intelligence and security agency, and will be focused upon cybersecurity and technology capability. Both advisors bring unmatched technical expertise and experience and will be guiding innovation at a time of rapid internal growth and expanded partnerships for the company, alongside recent unprecedented global transformation.

Daryl Burns, former Chief of Research and Innovation and Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, joins Trust Stamp as an Executive Advisor after a 34-year-long career at GCHQ. With a core career focus on cryptologic research and design, Daryl was responsible for steering GCHQ’s extensive innovation initiatives, including engineering for large-scale, national infrastructure.

As an expert on cryptography and quantum technologies in cybersecurity, Daryl stresses the need for forward-thinking solutions that are designed with evolution in mind, saying, “Legacy applications store encrypted authentication information including password hashes, personal public certificates, and biometric templates, linked to sensitive identity information. How do we then protect that sensitive information with a potential useful life of over 80 years? Adding to the uncertainty, it's a problem of unknown unknowns with two challenges. First, quantum computers that can break existing public-key cryptography will be available soon, conservative estimates predicting 2030 and quantum evangelists predicting as early 2025. Second, we evidently don't know what's around the corner, and paradigm shifts occur every 40 or so years. Therefore, we cannot set too much store in existing security algorithms and their measures of complexity."

Daryl joins Trust Stamp alongside Niel Kempson, also an established expert, who served GCHQ for 42 years. Niel was the highest-level cyber technologist in the U.K. government during his seven-year tenure as the Director General for Technology at GCHQ. At the heart of British intelligence, Niel guided GCHQ's success in implementing data analysis protocols as a frontline component of intelligence and cybersecurity missions, improving outcomes and expanding the agency's capabilities to this day.

Having also served as an Executive Advisor for a multi-billion dollar IT services giant, Niel's experience crosses sector lines into the commercial cybersecurity industry. Like Daryl, Niel is a strong proponent of public-private partnership across government, industry, academia, and allies as a fundamental aspect of growing technical abilities while maintaining the highest ethical and regulatory standards. 

On joining Trust Stamp, Niel commented, “There are too many cases of having to choose between a system that is easy to use or one that is secure. Biometric authentication can be simple and convenient to use but it does come with significant risks. I can change my passwords or credit card details quickly but my biometric information is with me for life. I need to be confident that, if it’s lost or stolen, it can’t be misused for the rest of my life. Trust Stamp’s EgHash technology offers a biometric solution that is both simple to use and will continue to protect personal information even as technology advances. With its world-leading technology and a strong mission to improve and secure financial inclusion, I’m very pleased to be joining Trust Stamp.”

About Trust Stamp: 

Trust Stamp applies advanced cryptographic techniques and AI-powered presentation-attack detection tools to biometric and other identity data to create a proprietary non-PII Hash™ (EgHash™). An EgHash is unique to the subject and provides a tokenized identity that cannot be reverse engineered, can be matched and deduplicated using Trust Stamp's probabilistic AI, and verified via zero-knowledge-proofs. Trust Stamp technology is used in multiple verticals, including humanitarian and development services, banking, FinTech, KYC/AML compliance, real estate, and law enforcement. Trust Stamp is a graduate of multiple global programs including QCFintech, 630 Cybersecurity, Plug and Play (Silicon Valley and UAE), NAR REach, Mastercard Startpath, the Georgia Advanced Technology Development Center and the U.K.’s GCHQ/NCSC incubator. 

Source: Trust Stamp