Vincent Moscaritolo

Vincent Moscaritolo is an American computer security expert known for his designs and innovation in encryption applications for mobile devices. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Silent Circle where he designs the original messaging technologies used by . In 2015 he left Silent Circle to co-found 4th-A Technologies, LLC with Robbie Hanson, where they designed the Storm4 secure cloud storage service .

Vincent has been involved in the design, invention, and production of system software and network applications for more than 30 years. In addition to producing cryptographic products, his concern about the use of encryption technology by criminal and terrorist actors has compelled him to offer assistance and training to both law enforcement and the intelligence community on cryptographic issues. He has participated at specialized venues such as FBI’s Information Technology Study Group, ‘s Office of Investigative Technology, , and the .



Vincent Moscaritolo’s experience includes roles as[Distinguished Member of Technical Staff]] at , Principal Cryptographic Engineer for , Senior Operating System engineer for , and Principal Software Specialist at .

Vincent was one of the co founders of Silent Circle, and developer of the secure messaging technology used by Silent Circle / Blackphone. He architected the and was the inventor of Progressive Encryption used by the Silent Text app.

While at PGP, he focused on the engineering of cryptographic products on the OS X platform including the cross platform core crypto library, secure file deletion, virtual disk client, network kernel engine redirection module. He was also responsible for obtaining and maintaining NIST FIPS-140 validation for PGP cryptographic core.

At Apple, he was notable for founding the Mac-Crypto Conference, where key Mac developers, industry leaders and legends met to discuss topics ranging from Cryptosystems, Digital Cash and Security issues to feedback sessions where developers were able to directly discuss their requirements with Apple engineers. He was also involved in the original Cypherpunk group.

In the mid 1980s he founded a startup called DataVox which produced BankTalk, one of the first voice response systems for the financial marketplace. This included a user-tailorable audio menu system that provided general information, balance, account transactions and was able to communicate with bank mainframes over the existing ATM network.


Most recently, Moscaritolo designed the (SCIMP), which utilizes a new Progressive Encryption Technology.

Other cryptographic projects include the development of a public key authentication extension for file servers, authoring of IETF draft for a secure authorization protocol for distributed systems, development of code and technotes for PGP cryptographic toolkit, and a number of presentations and tutorials on modern cryptosystems and security. He was also a contributor to the , Self destructing Data project at University of Washington

He holds patents related to cryptographic techniques and designs.


“If we can just pass a few more laws, we could all be criminals!”

Personal life

As an avid outdoorsman, Vincent usually spends his weekends hiking or snowshoeing in the deep woods of Southern Oregon with his daughter and son. He has background on a variety of fields, including motorcycle racing, a number of martial arts, and combat first aid.


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