Home Depot hires Jamil Farshchi as first CISO

In response to its high-profile data breach last year, Home Depot has hired its first chief information security officer, Jamil Farshchi. Farshchi will be responsible for managing information security, data protection and vulnerability management. He will report to CIO Matt Carey.

CISO is a new role at Home Depot, and the first to be focused exclusively on IT security. Before, that responsibility fell upon Daniel Grider, VP of information technology, who will remain with Home Depot as he develops an emphasis on infrastructure and engineering.

Farshchi was previously in the same role at Time Warner, which he joined in August 2014. During his time there, he built a federated, risk-based security program for the media company. Before that he was VP for global information security at Visa, where he was tasked with securing consumer payment card transactions, an experience that should prove particularly relevant to protecting Home Depot against future attacks. Story