According to multiple reports yesterday, including the New York Times, in the wake of the network security breach that affected as many as 110 million users, Target's CIO has resigned. Beth Jacob held the position as the company's highest ranking technology executive since 2008. This is the first step is what Gregg Steinhafel, Target's chief executive, called an "overhaul" of how the business protects sensitive information.
"While we are still in the process of an ongoing investigation, we recognize that the information security environment is evolving rapidly," Steinhafel told the news source.
The fact that someone had to take the blame is not surprising, but is Jacob really the only one to blame?
A recent article from ComputerWorld examined this concept more closely. Gartner analyst Avivah Litan spoke with the news source and said that any technology security office needs to be "superhuman" and have more than 24 hours in the day in order to answer every security concern on the market.
On top of that, there has been little talk about the fact that Target was certified by the most recent Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Litan said she is surprised that no one is holding the PCI security assessor's feet to the fire.
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