About (Security)

Patrick Nielsen is Co-founder and CTO of Clovyr, and a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University.

He was previously lead engineer of blockchain projects at J.P. Morgan Chase. He led the development of the open-source blockchain product Quorum, a version of Ethereum with a privacy model that Prof. Eran Tromer called “the best you could possibly do with existing technology,” and which has been lauded as “what will finally allow enterprises to use blockchain technology.”

Prior to this, Patrick was a security researcher in the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) of Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest privately held vendor of software security products. GReAT researchers act as advisors to INTERPOL, the United Nations, and many governments, and as technical representatives of the company wherever they are needed. The team reports directly to the CTO, and includes the researchers who discovered Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame, the first widely recognized cyberweapons.

In GReAT, Patrick focused on research related to connected devices, the Internet of Things, critical infrastructure, and cryptography. He is a founding board member of the Securing Smart Cities initiative.

Before that, Patrick was head of the company’s Nordic technical department, and also served as Chief Security Officer and Principal Software Engineer of Ghostery—makers of the web’s most popular privacy tool by the same name—where he created award-winning technologies that have become multi-million dollar revenue generators, and which power programs by the FTC, BBB, Oracle, and others. Patrick was also an early contributor to many open source projects including the Go programming language.

Patrick’s research has been cited by many universities, governmental organizations such as the European Union’s Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA,) as well as industry, and featured in many popular media outlets worldwide including CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times in the U.S., and DR, Berlingske, and Science Illustrated in Scandinavia.

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