Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Verisign
Joined on May 22, 2008 – United States
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Danny McPherson is Chief Security Officer for Verisign where he is responsible for strategic direction, research and innovation in infrastructure, and information security. He advises on corporate strategy, infrastructure evolution and product direction and represents Verisign in key forums focused on critical infrastructure, network evolution, intelligence and availability. With nearly 20 years of experience in the Internet network operations, security, and telecommunications industries, he brings tremendous technical leadership to the company.
Prior to joining Verisign, Danny was Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Arbor Networks where he helped lead the company's overall strategy and product architecture. He also previously held technical leadership positions in network architecture, engineering, and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications, and the U.S. Army Signal Corp.
Danny has been an active participant in Internet standardization since 1996 and is considered one of the top Internet infrastructure and security industry experts. Currently he is a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), and co-chairs the IETF's L3VPN WG. He also serves on the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Council (SSAC) and the FCC's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC).
Danny is very active in the network and security operations and research communities, and has authored several books, Internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications related to critical infrastructure, routing protocols, network security, Internet addressing, and network operations.
The capabilities IPv6 provides will enhance online security, but the shift to the new Internet address scheme may also present risks if not properly managed. Previously, Internet security was largely an after-thought for the early Internet, as its primary purpose was to facilitate open, end-to-end, any-to-any communications and information exchange for bridging and accelerating research efforts. Today, we have a much more complex online ecosystem that spans billions of users across the globe and serves not only as an engine for e-commerce, but as an engine for all commerce. more»
Feb. 3, 2011, came and went without much fanfare, but it was a milestone for Internet stakeholders, whether they knew it or not. On that Thursday, the last available IPv4 addresses were allocated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Though some Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have a reasonable inventory of IP addresses that could last another year or two, the days of "new" IPv4 address allocations are largely over. more»
The folks at Renesys pointed out earlier this week some interesting activity surrounding the L-root name server, highlighting some activity that should give us all yet another reason to be concerned about the security and integrity of the Internet DNS... considering that a great deal of malware today tends to corrupt the DNS resolution path in order to further exploit compromised end-systems, and that corruption, or any other actual end-system compromise, might well be unnecessary if the root were compromised -- well, think of the possibilities! more»