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REISEN1955
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6/21/2018 | 7:59:10 AM
On Equifax
Telling story in more ways than one - excellent analysis of what went bad at Equifax and in telling contrast to the stupid comment by the ex-CEO that the entire breach - ALL OF IT - was due to one, repeat, ONE IT staffer who failed to apply an update.  Incredible ignorance level at the C-Suite.  And respect falls away rapidly thereafter for their understanding of IT in general ( OUTSOURCE, CUT EXPENSE ) and securityin particular.
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6/21/2018 | 3:33:25 PM
Re: On Equifax
I agree. If the organization has good leadership and IT management processes, a single person would not have caused such a problem (or used as an excuse, in this case). The true issue with Equifax is leadership and management, not a single person who may have not patched a server. When the entire Equifax board of directors were re-elected after the massive security breach and no ramifications were incurred by this same BoD, the lack of responsbile leadership is telling...

 

 
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REISEN1955,
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6/21/2018 | 3:56:19 PM
Re: On Equifax
It is an interesting place, certainly not a FUN work environment - look up reviews and it seems fairly political and results driven at the expense of ALL ELSE which means downtime is bad.  And that means application of security patches can be delayed forever.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/26/2018 | 10:59:41 PM
Re: On Equifax
> results driven at the expense of ALL ELSE which means downtime is bad.  And that means application of security patches can be delayed forever.

And that means problems at the highest levels just as much as it means problems at the lower levels. What do you want to bet the reporting structure was such that the CISO was reporting to the CIO despite the conflict of interest?
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6/26/2018 | 10:58:05 PM
Re: On Equifax
@REISEN: Indeed. For the CEO to present that (let alone think that), it suggests that there was a fundamental failure in how the CISO position was handled. I tend to suspect that Equifax's CISO was treated as the typical lower-case-c-suiter that the role is too often treated as -- as opposed to someone who is actually at the strategy table.


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