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Shahryar Shaghaghi

Lecturer; Chief Technology Officer, Quantum Xchange

Shahryar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Quantum Xchange, overseeing development and execution of Quantum Xchange’s solutions and enhancing company’s broader post-quantum crypto-agile infrastructure strategy by developing new delivery models working with Cisco and big-4 consulting groups. Lecturer at Columbia University for more than 4 years focusing on IT Risk Management and Data Privacy for the Enterprise Risk Management graduate program.

By leveraging his extensive cybersecurity, technology, and risk management implementation and leadership experience garnered from his tenure with major global consulting, financial services, and government entities, Shahryar has successfully helped many organizations achieve their goals and optimize their critical and strategic programs.  Expert and recognized leader in cybersecurity, Shahryar recently served as the virtual CISO for a large SaaS organization, principal project leader for NYC’s Department of Education (NYCDOE) cybersecurity program and senior advisor to Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s (FRBNY) Cybersecurity Risk Management program. Various cybersecurity programs designed and implemented include: Cybersecurity Strategy, Cybersecurity Risk Assessment, Governance and Board of Directors reporting and workshops, Cloud Security, DevSecOps, Zero Trust, Vulnerability Management, Incident Response, Identity and Access Management, Data Protection, Threat Intelligence. Familiar with various risk quantification models including FAIR, Monte Carlo simulation, and Sim Segal’s Corporate Value of Enterprise Risk Management.  Managed projects using industry recognized standards and frameworks such as NIST CSF, NIST SP 800-53, ISO 27001, SOC 2, CMMI, CMMC, HIPAA, GLBA, PCI DSS, HITRUST, CIS Controls, COBIT, ITIL, GDPR and CCPA.

Shahryar’s key accomplishments include leading one of the largest and most complex global Information Security programs in the world at a large financial institution.  He was instrumental and one of the authors in developing a cybersecurity attestation service (SOC for Cybersecurity) for AICPA that helps auditors identify cyber risks.  Shahryar was quoted by Wall Street Journal and some major cybersecurity and legal journals and recognized among the PrivSec200.

Prior to Quantum Xchange, Shahryar was a partner at CohnReznick (1st year recognized as top performer partner) and BDO Consulting to build and lead Technology Advisory and Global Cybersecurity Consulting practices for those organizations.  He also served as Executive Vice President of IT Risk Management and Transformation with Citigroup, where he led major compliance programs and strategic and reengineering initiatives for its Global Operations and Technology for Citi, including the Information Security and Anti Money Laundering (AML/KYC).  He is a former partner with Deloitte Consulting, helped various furtune 100 clients with their information security and technology initiatives.  He spent the early parts of his career with PwC and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.


  • M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S., Bethune Cookman University