Geneva, Switzerland (ots) - WISeKey, a leading eSecurity company, announces Tim Bloechl, former Managing Director for Worldwide Public Safety & National Security at Microsoft, has joined WISeKey to lead its global public sector business.
Before joining Microsoft Partner WISeKey, Mr. Bloechl was Microsoft's first senior executive, chief strategist and spokesperson for Public Safety and National Security markets and initiatives globally. He was responsible for business strategy development and execution for several public sectors including military, intelligence, homeland or internal security, justice, and first responders (police and fire). Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005 from the Pentagon, Tim served as the first Director for the International Information Assurance (IA) Program, and Deputy Director for IA Operations, for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He led international military cyber security outreach, policy and program development, and was the department's representative for interagency, international and operational cyber security coordination. He also served as the DoD co-chair for the National Cyber Response Coordination Group under the U.S. National Response Plan. Prior to this assignment, from July 1999 to December 2002, Tim was a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, providing international affairs, foreign disclosure, intelligence and military operational consulting support to the Joint Task Force-Computer Network Operations (JTF-CNO) in Arlington, VA. Before joining Booz Allen, Tim served a 20-year military intelligence career in the U.S. Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. A West Point graduate, Tim saw combat duty in Panama and the 1st Gulf War, led and participated in Cold War intelligence operations while based in West Berlin, and joined the ranks of U.S. Generals Eisenhower and Petraeus as the top graduate in his 1992 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class.
WISeKey has cooperated with Microsoft in several projects in the Public Sector arena, including the Citizen Service Platform, designed to meet the specific needs of the citizen and protect their privacy at every step. This cutting-edge approach takes multiple and complex citizen identity management systems, government services and e-government portals and packages them in an accessible and functional manner, allowing citizens to independently use the facilities, services and tools that governments provide for their citizens.
According to Bloechl: "My 5-1/2 years with Microsoft was a super experience. We were able to build upon solid defense and public safety businesses in the US, UK and elsewhere to truly go global, emphasizing Partner-built solutions on the Microsoft platform. I have a deep focus on public sector security and I think it is fantastic to transition to serve these customers as part of the expanding WISeKey team."
Carlos Moreira, WISeKey's founder and CEO, said, "we are very happy to welcome Tim to the team, and to benefit from his experience in leading public sector activities to take WISeKey's cutting-edge activities even further."