PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer, Michael Barrett has added to his responsibilities and joined the US National Cyber Security Alliance Board (NCSA).
The NCSA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate Internet users on how to stay safe online and protect their digital assets. The UK equivalent would be Get Safe Online.
NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser said “We are thrilled to welcome Michael Barrett to our board, and NCSA will benefit greatly from his knowledge in keeping citizens safe from financial fraud to more freely enjoy their online experience.”
Now I know what someone is going to say – there’s bound to be someone pop up with a story about how their PayPal account was hacked or how they had an unjustifiable reversal of funds, but it’s worth remembering that PayPal is actually pretty safe. Whilst there might be the odd fraudulent transaction there is seller protection (for eBay related transactions) and without PayPal many of use wouldn’t be in business.
Prior to working at PayPal Michael Barrett was VP of security at American Express, so he and PayPal with their millions of users and billions of payment transactions should be ideally placed to add security expertise to the NCSA board.