David Mahdi, former VP analyst at Gartner, has been appointed the executive role of Chief Strategy Officer and CISO Advisor at Sectigo. Mahdi will help lead the efforts to expand the company's leadership in the digital trust space.

Mahdi advised clients and executives on topics ranging from, cybersecurity, IAM, blockchain, PKI, IoT, cloud and data security during his tenure as a top performing Gartner analyst. His depth and breadth of coverage made him one of the most demanded industry analysts for clients around the globe. With a career spanning 20 years, Mahdi worked in areas such as hardware and software development, endpoint security, PKI, cryptography, blockchain, and digital identity (IAM).

“In my 20 years in the identity and cybersecurity field, the last five years have been the most exciting. Esoteric areas such as cryptography, digital identity, digital trust, automation, and all things cyber are now in the mainstream,” Mahdi said.

Over the past decade, he has helped large organizations tackle digital transformation projects that included digital identity, IoT security, and early stage blockchain efforts; guided organizations to build internal cryptography teams, such as the cryptography center of excellence; and consulted through IPOs, raising capital, and M&A, among many other contributions.