Alissa Abdullah

Alissa Abdullah is the Deputy Chief Security Officer at Mastercard where she leads the Emerging Corporate Security Solutions team and is responsible for protecting Mastercard's information assets as well as driving the future of security.

An award-winning senior information technology and cybersecurity leader, Alissa has more than 20 years of experience across the intelligence community and private sector. Prior to Mastercard, she was the chief information security officer of Xerox where she established and led a corporate-wide information risk management program. She 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.

Alissa has a doctorate 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.​