CRN 2018 Women of the Channel Details

Biography and Background:
Dr. Alissa Johnson is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Xerox. At Xerox, she establishes and maintains the information security and risk management program to ensure that information assets are adequately protected. Previously, Alissa served as the first-ever CISO of Stryker, one of the world's leading medical technology companies. She spent 3 years in the Obama Administration as the deputy chief information officer of the White House modernizing its technology as well as Air Force One and Camp David. Alissa has executive level technology experience with various DoD intelligence agencies and is an NSA Certified Cryptologic Engineer.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
As Xerox continues to strengthen Channel Partner relationships it is important that we include security in our discussions. Many times when we think about Channels we think in terms of the business relationship. I argue that security is a part of the business relationship. I have led Channel Parnter security discussions at various Xerox Forums. I visit our channel partners and have 1:1 sessions with them and their customers. My belief is that enriching the experience for the channel helps to enrich our experience as partners.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
My goal is to make arm our channel partners with the proper security value proposition to ensure their own success. It should be easy to communicate, be easy to digest, and resonate with all of our customers. I want to make sure our channels are able to communicate security as a differentiaterto help grow their channel business.

What honors, awards, or commendations have you won over the past year?
I won 2 CSO50 awards. The awards are for two security projects. One showed our innovative ability to reimagine how we handle security in terms of our culture. The other award was for our threat intelligence portal that delivers threat information to stakeholders within Xerox and provides a governance structure in order to track mitigation to completion. I also was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Corporate Executives.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Oprah. I name Oprah not because of the reasons most do. I admire Oprah because she tends to constantly reinvent herself. I think we have to constantly reinvent ourselves so that we stay relevant, so that our ideas continue to evolve with the creativity needed to succeed in our multi-faceted environment.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Enjoy and live in the moment. At 16, I was so ready to be an adult and be on my own. Let's live in the moment and enjoy every moment because those moments make up our memories.

If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
Organization. Externally, I make it all look easy and seamless. Internally, organization takes a lot of effort, a team, and a toolset.

What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, by Whitney Johnson. This book is a constant reminder that change is good, even disruptive change. Disruption provides opportunities to grow, learn, and develop. Playing it safe has a place in our lives and careers, but disruption definitely creates a space to avoid complacency.

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