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Kevin McKenzie

CISO in Residence

Dr. Kevin McKenzie is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Dollar Tree is a publicly traded Fortune 150 company with revenues in excess of $20 billion that encompasses both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar retail stores. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dollar Tree operates thousands of stores across all 48 states of the contiguous United States along with five Canadian provinces.

Strategically, Kevin is responsible for establishing the vision, mission, and security posture for the combined Dollar Tree enterprise and tactically accomplishes this through his oversight of Governance and Risk Compliance, Security Operations, and Network Security. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Management, a master’s degree in Industrial Management, and a Doctorate in Career and Technology Education from Clemson University. He also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and ITIL professional certifications.

In addition to his corporate officer role, Kevin remains an actively engaged member of the faculty at Clemson University. He serves on the strategic advisory board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) and the technology advisory board for Tidewater Community College. Additionally, he’s also an advisory board member for tech companies in the security industry. He has helped author multiple Congressional testimonies and personally participated in a Congressional town hall event about information security topics.

In 2013, Kevin was named the ISE Southeast Executive of the Year Award Winner and, later that year, the North America Information Security Executive of the Year for the Public & Academic Sector by Tech Exec Networks (T.E.N.). That same year, Kevin also received the America’s Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA) by ISC2—representing all of North America, South America, and Central America. In 2017, Kevin was honored and recognized as a ‘Roaring 10’ award recipient of Clemson University where ten alumni are named annually who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors while upholding the university’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect.

Previously, Dr. McKenzie was CISO and Executive Director for the Office of Information Security and Privacy at Clemson University where he established the university’s strategic direction in information security, mentored and taught students as a Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, created a student-led Security Operations Center (SOC) designed as an immersive experience for the students, served as Chief Security Officer to multiple statewide healthcare organizations comprising more than $7 billion in healthcare transactions, and protected one of the nation’s premier higher education environments classified as a top-tier Highest Research Activity (R1) research institution under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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