Hearst CISO David Hahn on Protecting Brands

The Challenges of Managing Security for a Diverse Set of Companies
David Hahn, vice president and CISO, Hearst Corp.

As vice president and CISO at Hearst Corp., David Hahn is in charge of security strategy for hundreds of diverse units, including television networks such as A&E, History, Lifetime and ESPN; magazine brands, including Esquire, Elle and Cosmopolitan; and global ratings agency Fitch Group. So he must manage the security risks to protect every brand within the corporation.

Before coming to Hearst in 2014, Hahn spent more than a decade in the financial industry, including several years in security for Wells Fargo. And he says the threat landscape is similar across industries. "The attacks continue to grow. ...The bad guys are better at what they're doing," he says.

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In an interview at Information Security Media Group's recent New York City Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, where Hahn was a featured speaker, he discusses:

  • The complexities of security in an organization with multiple brands in different industries;
  • Why brand and reputational damage are difficult to measure in the aftermath of a security incident;
  • How to sharpen focus on security priorities that enable the business and don't hinder productivity.

Hahn is the head of corporate information security and risk for Hearst Corp., where he also leads initiatives focused on cloud computing. Prior to Hearst, Hahn led the cyber fraud strategy team at Intuit, where he managed the security operations group for products such as TurboTax, Quicken, Mint and QuickBooks. He also spent many years at Wells Fargo, where he headed up all security for Wellsfargo.com, at the time the largest online banking site.


About the Author

Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years' experience, she covered the financial sector for 10+ years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by CNN.com, ABC News, Bankrate.com and MSN Money.




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