As Mastercard's deputy chief security officer, Alissa "Dr Jay" Abdullah leads the Emerging Corporate Security Solutions team and is responsible for protecting Mastercard’s information assets as well as driving the future of security. She is also host of Cybercrime Magazine’s Mastering Cyber and CISO 500 podcasts as well as a member of Security Magazine’s Women in Security Advisory Group. She sits on the Security Advisory Board for SecureAuth. She also site on the board of directors from Smartsheet, Inc.
Prior to Mastercard, Dr. Jay was the chief information security officer of Xerox where she established and led a corporate-wide information risk management program. Dr. Jay also served as the 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. Dr. Jay 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. She is also a certified cryptologic engineer with the National Security Agency.