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Danny McPherson

Danny McPherson

Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer


Biography

As senior vice president and chief security officer (CSO), Danny McPherson is responsible for Verisign’s corporate information and IT systems and services, as well as all aspects of security, governance, risk, and compliance. He represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, network evolution, intelligence, and availability. With over 20 years of experience in the internet network operations, security, and telecommunications industries, McPherson brings tremendous technical leadership and operational expertise to the company.

Prior to joining Verisign, McPherson was vice president and CSO at Arbor Networks, where his responsibilities included all aspect of security, industry engagement, research, and product strategy. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in architecture, engineering and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

McPherson has actively participated in internet operations and standardization since the early 1990s and has served multiple terms on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG). He has chaired an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups, as well as the IETF’s Nominations Committee. He serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), as well as the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Board of Directors.

McPherson is an active contributor in the network and security operations and research communities and has authored several books, an array of internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications related to internet and critical infrastructure, routing and networking protocols, cybersecurity, internet governance, internet identifiers and network operations.

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