Chandra McMahon is senior vice president and Chief Information Security Officer for Verizon. She is responsible for setting information security strategy, policy, standards, architecture and processes. McMahon and her team work with and across Verizon’s business units to protect its customers and its leading networks.
Prior to joining Verizon, McMahon held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Lockheed Martin including serving as the company’s Chief Information Security Officer and most recently as vice president of commercial markets. In that role she was responsible for developing and delivering a portfolio of cybersecurity and information technology solutions and services for Fortune 500 companies in critical infrastructure industries such as financial, utility and technology companies.
McMahon has briefed White House and Congressional staff, and various U.S. Government leaders on cyber security matters. A sought-after speaker, she has been active in promoting cybersecurity information-sharing partnerships between the U.S. Government and industry. She currently is a member of the Aspen Institute Cyber Strategy Group, a cross-sector public-private forum aimed at translating pressing cybersecurity conversations into action.
McMahon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech as well as a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University. She currently holds the following certifications: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).