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June 2018, Vol. 20, No. 3

Walmart's Jerry Geisler on the CISO position, retail challenges

When he started working at his local Walmart one summer during college, Jerry Geisler had no idea he would spend 27 years at the retailer, learning everything he could as he moved from market teams to the corporate office in Bentonville, Ark., where he investigated fraud and built an internationally accredited (ASCLD/LAB) forensics lab and eDiscovery program. His next challenges lay in information security as Walmart created a security operations center and vulnerability management program that today scans 1 million IP addresses in about four days. Walmart is the second largest employer worldwide with roughly 11,700 stores, clubs and distribution centers in 28 countries. More than half of Walmart's stores are located outside of the United States. And like Amazon, the company is testing a mix of digital and physical delivery models with e-commerce sites in 11 countries. Three years ago, Geisler moved into an officer role in the assistant CISO position. In January, he was promoted to senior vice president and global CISO, an ...

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