Alissa Abdullah, Mastercard

Dr. Alissa Abdullah, senior vice president and deputy chief security officer Mastercard.
Dr. Alissa Abdullah, senior vice president and deputy chief security officer Mastercard.

As senior vice president and deputy chief security officer of Mastercard, Dr. Alissa Abdullah is responsible for protecting the information assets of the global payments industry technology company. In her role, she leads the emerging corporate security solutions that drive how security is taken into the future.


Prior to Mastercard, Dr. Abdullah was the chief information security officer of Xerox where she established, and led a corporate-wide information risk management program. She led in the identification, evaluation and reporting on information security practices, controls, and risks in order to comply with regulatory requirements and to align with the risk posture of the enterprise.

Prior to Xerox, Dr. Abdullah served as the first chief information security officer at Stryker Corporation, a multi-billion dollar medical technology company. At Stryker, she oversaw global activities related to information security and established the standards and governance around information security issues related to products.

Dr. Abdullah spent three years as deputy chief information officer of the White House. Beginning in March 2012, she helped to modernize the Executive Office of the President's IT systems, with cloud services and virtualization. She employed new cybersecurity strategies, and enhanced technology across the office of the President while serving as chair on multiple boards.

Previously, she served as associate vice president for the Enterprise Solutions Division at Catapult Technology, and as a deputy chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation. She began her career with the Department of Defense as a cryptologic mathematician.

Dr. Abdullah holds a PhD in Information Technology Management from Capella University; a master's degree in Telecommunications and Computer Networks from The George Washington University; and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Savannah State University.