Blockchain Startup Tassat Appoints Barbara Kissner As Chief Information Security Officer

Job Appointments | April 30, 2021 By:

Blockchain payments firm Tassat has appointed Barbara Kissner as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Based in New York, Tassat provides blockchain-based technology solutions for digital payments and digital exchange businesses. The company has delivered the first blockchain-based digital payments platform approved by the NYDFS that has transacted significant volume to date. Tassat’s digital technology ecosystem also includes a CFTC-regulated crypto derivatives exchange and a comprehensive benchmark for bitcoin and ether.

Kissner is a specialist in technology transformation, cybersecurity, risk management, organizational resiliency and governance, and brings over 25 years of experience building and managing security programs for financial services firms to her role at Tassat. Throughout her career she has held multiple executive roles including EVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Amalgamated Bank, and SVP, CIO and Chief Compliance Officer at International Fidelity Insurance Company. Kissner has extensive expertise leading technology and digital transformation projects, managing cyber security programs for multinational organizations, and driving enterprise-level resiliency and disaster recovery strategy.

As Tassat’s CISO, Kissner oversee the company’s infrastructure, technology and data security.

“Financial institutions today are acutely focused on cyber security and third-party risk. We are thrilled to welcome an executive of Barbara’s caliber to our executive team to recognize and respond to the evolving cyber security requirements of our banking clients,” said Ron Totaro, CEO of Tassat. “Tassat is committed to partnering with our clients and that includes our unwavering commitment to comprehensive security measures that help protect their businesses and reputations. Our clients trust us with their most critical digital payments applications, and Barbara’s deep expertise and unique experience in the financial sector make her the perfect fit to help us streamline our processes and ensure we and our clients are protected and have the most robust risk posture.”

“I’m excited to join this talented team,” said Kissner. “I look forward to helping Tassat deliver the comprehensive security practices our sophisticated banking clients require for their critical payments applications.”