Equifax CIO, chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer to exit after hack

Business Standard - - WORLD - JEN­NIFER SURANE

Equifax said two of its se­nior ex­ec­u­tives are leav­ing as the credit-re­port­ing com­pany faces mount­ing pub­lic anger for los­ing data on 143 mil­lion Amer­i­cans in one of the big­gest cy­ber­at­tacks in his­tory.

The firm’s chief in­for­ma­tion and chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cers are re­tir­ing im­me­di­ately, the At­lanta-based com­pany said Fri­day in a state­ment that didn’t name the in­di­vid­u­als. Mark Rohrwasser was named in­terim CIO and Russ Ayres was ap­pointed in­terim CSO, re­port­ing to Rohrwasser, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Equifax has faced with­er­ing crit­i­cism since dis­clos­ing September 7 that hack­ers stole sen­si­tive data — in­clud­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, birth dates and other iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion — for much of the adult US pop­u­la­tion. Law­mak­ers have since threat­ened to boost over­sight of the in­dus­try, whose knowl­edge of con­sumers can, in the wrong hands, be used for iden­tity theft and fraud. The Federal Trade Com­mis­sion even took the rare step of an­nounc­ing a probe, cit­ing the “in­tense pub­lic in­ter­est and the po­ten­tial im­pact.”

David C Webb, who joined the com­pany in Jan­uary 2010, was pre­vi­ously the firm’s chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to Equifax’s an­nual reg­u­la­tory fil­ing in Fe­bru­ary. Su­san Mauldin pre­vi­ously served as chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to her pro­fes­sional pro­file on LinkedIn and an Equifax press re­lease from 2015.

Rohrwasser joined the com­pany last year to lead its in­ter­na­tional in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy op­er­a­tions, while Ayres was a vice pres­i­dent in Equifax’s IT unit.

The com­pany said in the state­ment that it hired cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm Man­di­ant, owned by FireEye, on Au­gust 2 to re­view the in­ci­dent and “con­tin­ues to work closely with the FBI in its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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