Alissa Abdullah, Xerox

Alissa Abdullah, VP and CIO Xerox.
Alissa Abdullah, VP and CIO Xerox.

As vice president and chief Information security officer of Xerox, Dr. Alissa Abdullah is responsible for protecting the information assets of the $11 billion technology leader. In her role, she established and currently leads a corporate-wide information risk-management program. She identifies, evaluates and reports 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 joining Xerox, Dr. Abdullah served as the first chief information security officer at Stryker, a multibillion-dollar medical technology company. At Stryker she oversaw global activities related to information security. She also established the standards and governance around information security issues related to products. She managed all security transformation initiatives and worked closely with business leaders and heads of regional infrastructure to ensure security policy and strategy was implemented consistently.

From March 2012 to February 2015, Dr. Abdullah spent three years as deputy chief information officer of the White House, where she helped 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. She began her career with the Department of Defense as a cryptologic mathematician. Dr. Abdullah holds a Ph.D. in information technology management from Capella University; a master's degree in telecommunications and computer networks from George Washington University; and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Savannah State University. She is a member of IBM's Security Board of Advisors.