The Tezos Foundation is expanding its leadership team to include security expert and entrepreneur, Ryan Lackey. Lackey has helped with the security of the Tezos platform since the 2017 fundraiser and officially joined the Tezos Foundation in 2018 as Chief Security Officer. His appointment to the council is active immediately.
“I’m thrilled to join the Tezos Foundation Council,” says Lackey. “From starting as an interested and active community member, to joining the team, and now serving on the Council, my passion for this project and the positive impact it can have on the world hasn’t changed. I look forward to supporting the community and lending my experience in this new capacity.”
Lackey has provided various services to the Foundation for over a year, managing the security requirements of its substantial cryptocurrency holdings and baking operations, and giving input on product security for the public network. In addition to technical security, he’s worked closely with external financial and technical auditors to develop and meet compliance targets across multiple jurisdictions.
“Ryan Lackey has been an instrumental part of the Tezos ecosystem since the very beginning and we are happy to have him on board,” notes Ryan Jespersen, President of the Tezos Foundation. “Ryan’s experience with security, emerging technologies and distributed and global projects, make him a diverse and extremely qualified addition.”
Before joining the Tezos Foundation, Lackey founded several companies, primarily in computer security technology and applications. From an early interest in computer security, cryptography, and digital cash as a teenager in the early 1990s, he was an active participant in groups including the cypherpunks (where possibilities for smart contracts, digital cash, and secure computing were discussed), the cryptography mailing list (where Bitcoin was first announced), and various decentralization and p2p software efforts.
Lackey attended MIT to study mathematics and computer science, then dropped out to start a gold-backed digital cash project in Anguilla in the late 1990s. After that project, he co-founded the world’s first offshore datahaven, HavenCo, on Sealand in the North Sea. He then founded a satellite communications company operating in conflict zones around the world, primarily Iraq and Afghanistan, providing IP and cellular service to commercial, government, and military customers.
In 2011, Lackey founded CryptoSeal, which developed secure server technology using Intel TXT and SGX processor technologies, allowing end users to trust their cloud computing providers. This company raised funding from Y Combinator and then was sold to Cloudflare, Inc. a global network performance and security company based in San Francisco, where Lackey worked on product security. Subsequently, he founded ResetSecurity, providing security services and robust hardware security to enterprise clients, primarily focused on the cryptocurrency industry.