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November 2017, Vol. 19, No. 9

Transitioning to the role of CISO: Dr. Alissa Johnson

Xerox CISO Alissa Johnson, known as Dr. Jay, is the former deputy CIO of the Executive Office of the President, where she managed cloud services, virtualization and other IT initiatives during the Obama administration, from 2012 to 2015. Her nickname sprang from her years of education: She holds a doctorate in information technology management, a Master of Science in telecommunications and computer networks, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She is also a National Security Agency-certified cryptologic engineer. She transitioned to the role of CISO immediately after leaving the White House. In March 2015, Johnson became the first CISO at Fortune 500 medical equipment maker Stryker Corp., where she is credited with reining in out-of-control shadow IT practices. She joined document services provider Xerox in the role of CISO in 2016, with a wealth of private and public sector experience. Earlier in her career, she served as associate vice president for enterprise solutions at Catapult Technology, where she managed ...

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