Equifax Hired a Music Major(aka a Garbage Degree) as Chief Security Officer

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security: those who managed to pull up Susan Mauldin’s LinkedIn page before it was altered and taken down were surprised to find that Equifax’s CSO had an amusing but rather irrelevant set of qualifications. Remember, it’s not what you know, but who you know…

Equifax “Chief Security Officer” Susan Mauldin has a bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia. Her LinkedIn professional profile lists no education related to technology or security. This is the person who was in charge of keeping your personal and financial data safe — and whose apparent failings have put 143 million of us at risk from identity theft and fraud. It was revealed this week that the massive data breach came due to a software vulnerability that was known about, and should have been patched, months earlier.

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