Staples hires first-ever CISO

The move comes two years after the office-supply chain suffered a point-of-sale hack affecting more than a million credit and debit cards belonging to its customers.
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Office-supply chain Staples, having recovered from a point-of-sale hack affecting 1.16 million credit and debit cards two years ago, has hired its first-ever chief information security officer.

The new CISO, Brett Wahlin, had held the same position at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise since 2013. His resume includes other high-profile positions in and out of government.

He started his career as a counterintelligence agent in the U.S. Army and at one point was CISO at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He also served as chief security office at McAfee from 2009-11 and then CSO at Sony Network Entertainment until 2013. He joined Sony right after a headline-grabbing intrusion against the PlayStation network that led to the theft of personal information from 77 million accounts.

HPE was part of a data breach in October 2016 when when an employee’s laptop was compromised. The machine contained the names and Social Security numbers of 134,386 current and former U.S. Navy personnel and was accessed by “unknown individuals.”


Wahlin also has worked as CISO  and vice president of security architecture for Wells Fargo and held various positions in security with Intel.

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Written by Patrick Howell O'Neill

Patrick Howell O’Neill is a cybersecurity reporter for CyberScoop based in San Francisco.

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