Danny McPherson

Danny McPherson

Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Verisign
Joined on May 22, 2008
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As executive vice president and chief security officer (CSO), Danny McPherson is responsible for all aspects of Verisign’s information systems and services, as well as information and corporate security. Additionally, he represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, engineering, research, security, and online trust. 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 he developed solutions to detect and mitigate cyberattacks. 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. He is currently a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and has served on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Subcommittee, as well as the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Board of Directors. He has chaired an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups and committees in these and related forums.

McPherson is an active contributor in the network and security operations and research communities and has authored several books, numerous internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications.

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2014 - Dec 09 on Which Domains Stand the Strongest Against Phishing Attacks?
2008 - May 26 on Uprooting of the DNS Root
2008 - May 26 on Uprooting of the DNS Root

Topic Interests

DNSCybersecurityMalwareICANNNetworksThreat IntelligenceIPv6 Transition IPv4 MarketsDDoS AttackNew TLDsDomain NamesRegistry ServicesDNS SecurityInternet GovernanceDomain ManagementCyberattack

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