In Conversation with: Dave Mahon (Chief Security Officer, CenturyLink)

Distinguished CEO Series – Championing collaboration in combating cyber-threats
28 July 2017

CIO Academy Asia held a private luncheon at Forlino Restaurant, in partnership with CenturyLink. Dave Mahon, Chief Security Officer for CenturyLink, shared current best practices and new proactive strategies and policies to combat and withstand cyber-threats, with the rise of IoT and intelligent edge technologies, organisations are more vulnerable than ever to cyber-attacks.

In addition, a new Cyber Security Bill will be introduced later this year, to address security gaps in Critical Information Infrastructure (CII), including those used to run banking, telecoms, transport, healthcare and energy essential services. Understanding that breaches will occur, security executives must work with senior leaders and boards of directors to assess value, measure costs, and identify risk to then properly architect and implement a comprehensive security programme.

About Dave Mahon â€“ R. David (Dave) Mahon was appointed chief security officer for CenturyLink, Inc. in April 2011. As CSO for the third-largest communications provider in the U.S., his responsibilities include enterprise wide security strategy, information security, cyber defense, critical infrastructure protection, physical security, network fraud and abuse, industrial security, international travel security, threat intelligence, workplace violence prevention, executive protection, investigations, and he is also the company’s liaison with the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC), National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), as well as federal and state law enforcement and homeland security agencies.

About CenturyLink – CenturyLink is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.


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