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(The Business Journals)   On the one hand, it's good that Target's CIO is out. On the other hand, she was still working there for months after giving hackers your credit card information   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, CIO, Target, data breach, credit cards, hackers, Promontory Financial Group, CEO Gregg Steinhafel  
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2014-03-05 04:00:34 PM  
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I am shocked that a Product Buyer and Call Center manager was an incompetent computer security executive.
2014-03-05 11:41:12 PM  
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valkore: On the other hand, she was still working there...

I'm not sure "working" is the best way of putting it.  I'm guessing she was just there to provide information and context to the swarm of IT consultants that were brought in to wrangle this fiasco.  Oh, and I'm sure she was negotiating her severance package during half that time, at least.

Here's an interview from September 2012 where she talks about being Target's CIO.  Definitely not a technical person by any stretch, nor is she security conscious.  A snafu of major proportions was almost bound to happen.

Some excerpts from that interview:

"What's a misconception people have about CIOs? A lot of people think the most important skill set of a CIO is that of a techie. While you absolutely have to have highly skilled technology talent on your team, as CIO you're in a role that demands great business breadth, because you've got to understand strategies from across the entire business and know how to act upon them."

Ah, so you don't have to no anything about technology to be the CIO.

"What ideas have you brought to your organization? Target has a strong culture of partnership and collaboration, and our success has been built on understanding the value of people, process and technology - and how they all work together. What I've stressed to my team is the importance of developing a long-term vision and strategy for technology to help drive business value and become more agile and efficient. "

She is good at spouting forward sounding corporate nonsense, though.

What's a dream job that you're completely unqualified for? Chef at a good Italian restaurant. I love to cook, but I'm no chef!
CIO for Target Corp.
2014-03-05 04:45:31 PM  
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TheManMythLegend: I am shocked that a Product Buyer and Call Center manager was an incompetent computer security executive.

CIO in old economy companies is where they park long-time executives who've risen above their level of incompetence. If the CIO comes from within and doesn't have a tech background, you can pretty much guess at what their infrastructure and vision looks like, and how much they're willing to invest in IT. (And if the CFO is the head of IT... *shudder*) Consulting trade secret time: If the CIO is an internal promotion, they'll buy snake oil, but not make real investments. You can sell them buzzwords, but replace their 10/100 LAN? Never! That's expensive! (Also, the number of visible USB drives is inversely proportional to spending in infrastructure and security. If you see one on the CIO's desk, just leave, because it's not worth your time to be there.)

I doubt she actually managed IT in any meaningful sense. At most, she managed a budget. Target clearly didn't give a shiat about IT. This is falling-on-the-sword. She's got a parachute and will sit on a board somewhere.

PHBs are the norm for CIOs. If you're looking for competence, look to the CTO or IT Director.
2014-03-05 04:44:07 PM  
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TheManMythLegend: Usually the CIO would be the head of IT which should handle computer security.

In grown up companies the CISO would report to the CEO or Legal.  Not to the CIO.  And the CIO should not have the title of CISO.  Its a conflict of interest.

/IT at Target is a complete fark'n mess
//so is their security
///best forensics labs in the country tho
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