Alyssa (Dr Jay) Abdullah, PhD. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine.

Mastering Cyber on the Cybercrime Radio Podcast

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Welcome to Mastering Cyber with your host Alissa (Dr Jay) Abdullah, PhD, SVP and Deputy CSO at Mastercard, and former White House technology executive.

Listen to this weekly one-minute podcast to help you maneuver cybersecurity industry tips, terms, and topics.

Whether you’re a C-suite executive, CIO, CISO, IT security professional, engineer, or developer, or a small business owner, student, parent, or educator, this podcast speaks to you.

Visit the Mastercard Trust Center for resources and tools to help defend your business against cyberattacks.

Cybercriminals pose a real threat to you and your business.

Cyberattacks are on the rise. Surprisingly, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) like yours are a huge target.

IBM reports that 52 percent of SMEs experienced a cyberattack last year, and 83 percent of small businesses are not financially prepared to recover from a cyberattack, according to Cybercrime Magazine.

A cyberattack can destroy a business. But the Mastercard Trust Center can help you defend your critical assets, your business and your reputation through online access to trusted cybersecurity research, education, resources and tools.


Buckle up, your 60 seconds of cyber starts now!

As Mastercard’s deputy chief security officer, Alissa (Dr Jay) Abdullah, PhD leads the Emerging Corporate Security Solutions team and is responsible for protecting Mastercard’s information assets as well as driving the future of security.

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.


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