Oki Mek has been named Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Equideum Health (formerly ConsenSys Health).

In this role, Mek will ensure that Equideum Health’s critical infrastructure is protected from cyberattacks. Mek will continue to integrate AI tools with cybersecurity tools to align trusted AI architectures with industry best practices, government mandates and guidelines. To protect both device security and physical security, Mek will focus on safeguarding zero knowledge proofs, compartmentalization of data, cloud-based federated compute models, privacy convergence, self-sovereign identities and verifiable credentials.

Mek joins Equideum Health from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where most recently he served as Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO), responsible for establishing a foundation for AI adoption based on fair, legal and ethical principles.

In earlier roles during his more than 11 years service at HHS, Mek architected security for the first two Al/blockchain networks that achieved "Authority to Operate" in the U.S. federal space. His previous roles include Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for HHS Office of the Secretary, Senior Advisor to the HHS CIO, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Product Officer, Emerging Technology Strategist, and Senior Information Security Manager.

A former infantryman and military intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, Mek also spent nearly eight years at the U.S. Department of Energy in technology and project management positions.