Tyfone names Impelsys co-founder Nizar Jamal as CTO

tyfoneSecure mobile ID and transaction solutions provider Tyfone announced on Monday that it has chosen Nizar Jamal, UBS’ former head of client-facing technologies, to head the company’s technology division.

Last year, Oregon-based Tyfone launched the Connected Smart Card, which seeks to address cybersecurity concerns by storing identity-related information locally on mobile devices and separating central data to a cloud platform. The company also entered into an agreement with In-Q-Tel to provide mobile security solutions to the U.S. government.

“The ugly fact of cybercrime is that current software-only solutions that attempt to manage security centrally in the cloud are ineffective at deterring cybercriminals,” Tyfone co-founder and CEO Siva Narendra said. “Tyfone’s CSC smart card-based hardware decentralizes and stores IDs and other credentials locally, not centrally in the cloud. Nizar’s extensive background in building teams, technologies and processes, combined with his experience in security, mobility, cloud computing and banking, will be of immense value as we grow our business globally. We are excited to have him on board.”

Before joining UBS, Jamal co-founded Impelsys, a digital publishing solutions provider, where he helped coordinate the implementation of the company’s cloud-based software and led the shift away from its former direct service approach.

“I am pleased to join a team that has mobility, security and convenience at their core and solutions that fit the current market needs,” Jamal said. “The company’s IP, technology, implementations and team impressed me, and I believe I can add value to the company’s global plans and growth during this critical juncture in its evolution. I look forward to working with the team and addressing the steps necessary to meet this demand.”

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