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What really happened at Equifax?

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

In the heat of the Pandemic, ISSA Chattanooga kicked off our virtual series. We invited Graeme Payne to join us and present a special session on ZOOM entitled, The New Era of Cybersecurity Breaches: A Case Study and Lessons Learned,

Graeme Payne, is a consultant, coach, and author and was formerly the CIO, Equifax Global Platforms who was caught up in the Equifax Breach, one of the largest breaches in history. This event was sponsored by LBMC and their managed services division, CyberMaxx. Thomas Black joined us from Cybermax and Ashley Barton joined us from LBMC.

One of our enterprise information security directors of cybersecurity introduced Graeme and summed it up very well: "We face security threats every day in our work to protect our organization and understand the potential impact of these threats. Before the Equifax breach, Graeme Payne was SVP and CIO of Global Platforms managing teams of 400 people. When Equifax testified before Congress, they called the breach a result of human error and technological failure. Graeme Payne was named as 'the human error'.

Today, you will hear his story and lessons learned. Please welcome Graeme Payne."

We received copies of Graeme’s book, The New Era of Cybersecurity Breaches. In his book, Graeme describes the new era of cybersecurity breaches, the challenges of managing cybersecurity, and the story of the Equifax Cybersecurity Breach. Graeme tells the story of how Equifax became a valuable target for cybercriminals, the conclusions reached by various investigators regarding the cause of the breach, the challenges faced by Equifax in responding to the breach, and the widespread consequences that continue to have an impact.

And we DID hear his story and lessons learned. Graeme presented the Equifax breach timeline and gave all of us a new perspective for putting our policies and processes in place and making sure that they are followed. Graeme, you are welcome back any time!

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