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Verizon Security Chief was Fourth-Ranking FBI Official Under GW Bush

Alex Constantine - June 9, 2013

Verizon security chief used to be high level official at FBI

The current chief of security of Verizon, a company embroiled in controversy  over the recent revelation of a secret government domestic spy program, is a  former high level official in the FBI. Michael Mason, Verizon’s chief security officer, began working with the company in 2008. When  he left the bureau, he was in charge of the bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response  and Services Branch.

The branch — whose responsibilities range from  investigating financial crime to “computer-based criminal threats against the  U.S.” — was described in his hiring announcement in 2007 as the “largest” in  the FBI.

Also a veteran who served with the United States Marine Corps from  1980-1985, Mason began his distinguished career with the FBI in 1985. He  was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service  at the FBI in 2004.

At Verizon, he oversees and coordinates “global security efforts throughout Verizon and all its business units, including enterprisewide security strategy  and programs, physical security, cyber security and law-enforcement security matters.” ...


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