Verizon taps FBI criminal division chief as CSO

The head of the FBI's Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch will become CSO at Verizon next year.

The executive in charge of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's criminal investigations division will take over as chief security officer (CSO) of Verizon Communications Inc. early next year.

Michael Mason, head of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, will become Verizon's CSO in January 2007, the company said Tuesday. He replaces Jim Trainor, who will retire from the telecommunications giant.

A 22-year FBI veteran, Mason oversees the largest branch of the FBI and is the executive responsible for the federal law enforcement organization's criminal, corruption, civil-rights, and cyber-crime investigations.

Mason will be in charge of Verizon's overall security efforts, including physical security and cyber security within the company. He will report to Bill Barr, Verizon's executive vice president and general counsel.

With more than 62 million customers and nearly 240,000 employees, Verizon is one of the largest carriers in the U.S.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Robert McMillan

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?