David Shaw, Chief Science Officer | Nasuni

David Shaw

Chief Science Officer

David Shaw is the main architect of the Nasuni product. A uniquely qualified security expert, he has patents in file system design, distributed data storage design and other areas.

Although he has been coding since middle school, David began his career in film, working on numerous television programs and movies in roles as diverse as puppet engineering and camera operation. Before long, though, his passion for programmer took over. After pursuing a degree in computer science, David joined Akamai in 1998, where he wrote the video-streaming code that enabled the company to broadcast live events such as the famed Apple keynotes of Steve Jobs.

An early interest in security and privacy led to his making contributions to the GnuPG project, an effort to create a free and portable implementation of the OpenPGP standard. This in turn led to involvement with the IETF OpenPGP Working Group, and contributions to RFC-4880, the OpenPGP standard. At Archivas (later Hitachi Data Systems), David worked on encryption at rest as well as large scale storage and filesystems. Upon joining Nasuni in 2009, David focused on making the security so simple and automatic that it was always on, and ensuring that Nasuni itself did not have access to customer data. He also built much of the system that chunks files into smaller, encrypted pieces, and contributed to the development of the caching algorithms, the OS and more. His larger goal is to ensure that Nasuni is building something beautiful.

David remains a Core Developer on the GnuPG project. He has a BFA in Cinematography from the School of Visual Arts and an MSE in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.