Target Aims to Lock Doors to Future Security Breaches
by Sean Michael Kerner
For the last five months, retail giant Target has had its security practices under a microscope as it has struggled to recover from a devastating data breach at the end of 2013. Now Target has found itself a new CIO and is outlining significant new steps to reinforce its security to help prevent another data breach. Target first disclosed on Dec. 19 that approximately 40 million customer accounts were compromised between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. In January, Target revealed that the scope of the breach was even wider—affecting 70 million consumers. One casualty from the data breach was Target's Chief Information Security Officer Beth Jacob, who resigned March 5. Target has now named a new CIO, Bob DeRodes, who is set to start on the job May 5. DeRodes has had a long career in IT and has been an adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"Establishing a clear path forward for Target following the data breach has been my top priority", Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "Bob's history of leading transformational change positions him well to lead our continued breach responses and guide our long-term digital strategy".
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