Michael Barrett


Michael joined the Strategy Advisory Council in July 2014. He is President of the FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium dedicated to improving online authentication by developing and promoting technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate users. From 2006 until 2013, Michael was the Chief Information Security Officer of PayPal, a major Internet payment services company for online vendors. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring the security of PayPal’s 130+ million accounts worldwide. Previously, Michael held senior positions at several other major corporations, including Vice President of Security and Privacy at American Express. He also headed the Liberty Alliance, an open-standards consortium focused on identity management standards and guidelines. Michael has received numerous industry recognitions and was named ‘Information Security Executive of the year’ by Tech Exec Networks in 2010.