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Verizon gets new CISO

Only a month after its major acquisition of Cybertrust, Verizon is experiencing a change of leadership in its top security post.

Verizon CISO Jim Trainor announced his intention to retire at the end of the year.

The telecommunications giant chose Michael A. Mason, currently the executive assistant director of the FBI, to be the company’s new chief security officer. At the FBI, Mason is in charge of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch — the FBI’s largest unit.

Mason will start in January. He’s going to have a lot of work ahead of him as the company integrates Cybertrust into its Business Security Solutions group. The goal, obviously is to make the integration seem seamless, but experts I’ve talked to say the loss of Cybertrust talent is inevitable.

Mason began his career with the FBI in 1985. He served in numerous management and executive management positions, including assistant director in charge of the Washington field office — the Bureau’s second largest office — and acting executive assistant director of headquarters administration. Most recently, he supervised the Criminal and Cyber divisions, the Office of International Operations, which includes 59 overseas offices, the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group and the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.

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