Equifax names Jamil Farshchi as CISO

Equifax for business technologyEquifax announced the appointment of Jamil Farshchi as its chief information security officer (CISO).

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Jamil Farshchi, a veteran CISO, will focus on the transformation of the US-based company’s information security program, and collaborate with the IT industry to share best practices on information security.

Earlier, Equifax had removed its CIO and CSO following the cybersecurity issue that reportedly impacted 143 million US consumers.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Equifax earlier announced Mark Rohrwasser as interim CIO and Russ Ayres as the interim chief security officer following the departure of its full time CIO and CSO.

Jamil Farshchi previously served as CISO at The Home Depot.

Prior to his role at The Home Depot, Jamil Farshchi was the first global chief information security officer at Time Warner.

Jamil Farshchi assisted Time Warner to develop a model security program for the media and entertainment industry by bringing bear risk-management techniques from the financial and government sectors.

Before Time Warner, Jamil Farshchi was the vice president of Global Information Security at Visa. Jamil Farshchi assisted Visa to develop and implement the firm’s global information security strategy, lead efforts in mobile security, identity, and big data, and transform their security program into a recognized global leader.

He has also held senior roles at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sitel Corporation, Nextwave Broadband, and NASA.

Jamil Farshchi holds a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

“We are pleased to welcome Jamil to our team and confident that he possesses the talent and skillset needed to continue our journey toward developing industry-leading security practices and, ultimately, to help us regain trust with consumers and customers,” said Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., interim chief executive officer at Equifax.