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Robert McDougal
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Robert McDougal,
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6/12/2014 | 11:57:09 AM
Re: Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
In my experience, having the CISO report to the CIO is a bad idea.  Setting up your organization in this way allows IT operations to override IT Security.  The CISO and CIO should be peers.
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jastroff,
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6/11/2014 | 7:45:42 PM
Re: Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
>> Actually, I think the story was that the previous CIO who resigned was trying to run information security in her spare time, and that didn't work out so well.

If that's true, then that's pretty awful. I won't say that means they deserved the revenue loss, but it's like leaving the front door open and expecting everything to be there in the morning.

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/11/2014 | 5:10:27 PM
Re: Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
The CEO probably wants the CISO to report to the CIO so the CEO can still point fingers if there's another data breach. Or perhaps that's just me being cynical.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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6/11/2014 | 4:41:40 PM
Re: Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
Actually, I think the story was that the previous CIO who resigned was trying to run information security in her spare time, and that didn't work out so well. It's important to elevate the role of cybersecurity and make it someone's primary responsibility.

One IT security pro recently told me he judges the seriousness of an organization's commitment to cybersecurity by who the top security exec reports to. If the CISO reports to the CIO, he said, that's a bad sign that security will be subordinate to other IT priorities. They should both be at the same C-level of responsibility, according to that theory.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/11/2014 | 4:13:38 PM
Re: Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
I wonder why the CIO isn't also expected to be the CISO. Seems to me there's no more important information-related task than assuring data security.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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6/11/2014 | 2:54:22 PM
Surprised Target didn't pick a security chief from retail
Wouldn't you think there was enough that's unique about the retail business to convince them to pick someone from that industry?


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