Beth Jacob, former Target CIO, image via Jacob's Twitter
While not a new threat, cybersecurity has recently found itself in the limelight following major events at retailers like Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus. Perhaps the most widely publicized cybercrime event in recent history, the 2013 holiday breach at Target exposed sensitive details on 40 million credit and debit card accounts being held by the company. This week, continued consumer concern has translated into movements at the highest levels of Target, with the company’s chief information officer resigning from her post as of March 5.
Beth Jacob, the former CIO who oversaw computer systems during the breach in 2013, will leave as Target reevaluates its security protocols and searches for additional help externally, the company said in a statement to the Associated Press. According to the AP, Target will also be searching for a chief compliance officer.