Crypto lender and financial services company BlockFi announced that it has hired Adam Healy as its new Chief Security Officer.

Healy will be responsible for leading and strengthening BlockFi’s security-first approach across the organization, which includes protecting client data, digital assets and other proprietary information. His work will span cybersecurity and physical security. 

Healy has previous roles within the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense, Microsoft and Palantir Technologies. He’s been responsible for designing and implementing strategic IT initiatives within the U.S. government, as well as critical cybersecurity programs for Fortune 100 companies. 

In his most recent role as CISO at Bakkt, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Healy oversaw security operations for safeguarding institutional clients’ digital assets and Bakkt’s cloud technology, which powers its integration with Starbucks.

“While the past couple of years have yielded tremendous progress to legitimize cryptocurrency, there remains significant opportunity to standardize and normalize security approaches industry-wide, which I look forward to continuing to contribute to as part of the BlockFi team,” said Healy. “As interest in cryptocurrencies increases across a more widespread audience, it’s only natural that more sophisticated threat actors will increase as well. Given that cryptocurrencies, and more broadly digital assets, are well on the way to becoming a more adopted asset class, and with BlockFi already leading the charge to make it so, we are making considerable investments to enhance our existing security controls across all areas.”