David A Cass

Managing Director and CISO, GSR, USA

Mr. Cass joined GSR.IO as the global CISO. David’s experience includes being a Senior Partner at Law and Forensics responsible for the Crypto & Digital Banking Practice and serving as a key member of the Cybersecurity & Privacy practice. Mr. Cass served as a senior banking regulator. He was the Vice President for Cyber & IT Risk for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. David specialized in large institution supervision, Fin-Tech, AI/ML, and cryptocurrencies. Prior to this role, David served as the Chief Information Security Officer for IBM. He had global responsibility for all aspects of security practices, processes, and policies across the IBM Cloud SaaS business unit. Previously David served as the SVP & Chief Information Security Officer for Elsevier, where he led an organization of experienced legal, risk and security professionals that provided data protection, privacy, security, and risk management guidance on a global basis for Elsevier. David has extensive experience in IT security, risk assessment, risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, developing security policies and procedures. He has played a key role in leading and building corporate risk & governance and information security organizations in the financial sector. As the Senior Director of Information Security Risk and Governance for Freddie Mac, David rebuilt the risk and governance function and developed a team to provide risk assessments, methodologies, tools, services, and training to improve the organization’s capabilities and maturity. Prior to that he was Vice President of Risk Management for JPMorgan Chase and was responsible for providing an accurate assessment of the current risk management state, contributing to the future direction of risk management, continuity and disaster recovery capabilities for the organization. David has a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from MIT. He is adjunct faculty for Rutgers Law School and Harvard. He is also a frequent speaker at high profile industry conferences and served on several boards.