3rd Party Risk Management , Cybercrime , Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks

Equifax CISO Jamil Farshchi on SolarWinds and Supply Chains

‘Supply Chain Security Is Broken, and It’s Time for a Change’
Jamil Farshchi, CISO, Equifax

Jamil Farshchi has been there. As CISO of Equifax, he knows what it’s like to be a victim of a high-profile cyberattack. And he knows breached companies have a choice: "Are they going to be a force for good by helping the rest of the industry learn from their experience?"

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Like other circumspect business leaders, Farshchi was blindsided by the far-reaching impact of the SolarWinds supply chain attack when it was first revealed in mid-December. And he sees it as a clear warning to cybersecurity leaders across industry: “Supply chain security is broken, and it’s time for a change.”

In this exclusive, wide-ranging video interview with Information Security Media Group, Farshchi discusses:

  • The aftermath of the SolarWinds attack and how to address supply chain security;
  • The role cybersecurity should play in companies’ investment analyses;
  • Advice for how the Biden administration might address the nation’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

As CISO at the credit reporting firm Equifax, Farshchi is responsible for ensuring the security of the company’s digital assets as well as transforming its cybersecurity program. Previously, he served as CISO at The Home Depot following a major data breach and was the first CISO at Time Warner Inc. Before taking on his role at Time Warner, Farshchi was the vice president of global information security at Visa and served as the CISO at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, with responsibility for defending some of the United States’ most sensitive national security and nuclear weapon assets. He has also served in a variety of risk, operational and technology leadership roles at Sitel Corp., Nextwave Wireless and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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