French Caldwell

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French Caldwell
VP and Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

French Caldwell is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he leads governance, risk and compliance research. Mr. Caldwell also writes and presents on knowledge management. His research includes analysis of the impact… Read Full Bio

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WSJ: Target Warned of Vulnerabilities Before Data Breach

by French Caldwell  |  February 15, 2014  |  1 Comment

I wouldn’t read too much into the headline of this WSJ article.  Security intel people warn of problems all the time – it’s their job.  A real bit of news is in the last paragraph of the article:

Several members of Target’s cybersecurity team left the company in the months before the hack, according to people familiar with the matter and a search of social media profiles. Many left for more prestigious jobs at other firms, the former employee said.

As cysec becomes a prominent issue for execs, chief legal officers and corporate directors, companies who are building IT security teams are going to be poaching experienced security pros from other companies.  This poaching is a significant risk and companies should do an assessment of their own susceptibility to poaching.

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