Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Critical Infrastructure Security , Cybercrime

Profiles in Leadership: Marene Allison

Trailblazing Security Leader on Her Unique Path to Cybersecurity Leadership
Marene Allison, CISO, Johnson & Johnson; CyberEdBoard member

There were no CISOs when Marene Allison started her career. There was not even a cybersecurity discipline. But starting with a distinguished stint in the military, she has progressed through the public and private sectors - including time with the FBI - to become CISO for Johnson & Johnson.

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In an interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Allison discusses:

  • Her unique career path;
  • How digital transformation has changed J&J - and its threat adversaries;
  • Her passion for people and the value of cross-industry collaboration.

As chief information security officer for Johnson & Johnson, Allison is responsible for protecting the company's information technology systems and business data worldwide. This includes ensuring that the company’s information security posture supports business growth objectives, protects public trust in the Johnson & Johnson brand and meets legal/regulatory requirements. She has held corporate roles at Medco, Avaya and The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company; served as an FBI special agent and in the U.S. Army; and graduated from West Point in the first class to include women. She is on the boards of H-ISAC and West Point Women.

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About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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