Equifax CIO and chief security officer to resign, CEO to remain: 5 things to know

Equifax's CIO and chief security officer will leave the company following a cybersecurity incident that affected 143 million consumers, the company announced Sept. 15.

Here are five things to know about the leadership change.

1. Equifax, an Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, discovered July 29 cybercriminals gained access to its files through a website application vulnerability, potentially exposing customer financial data including names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, among other information.

2. Equifax released a statement Sept. 15 noting the CIO and chief security officer would retire immediately "as part of the company's ongoing review of the cybersecurity incident." The statement did not name the executives holding these positions.

3. Based on Equifax's annual regulatory filing in February, David C. Webb had served as the company's CIO since 2010, Bloomberg reports. Susan Mauldin had served as the company's chief security officer, according to her LinkedIn profile and a 2015 Equifax news release, according to Bloomberg.

4. Mark Rohrwasser, who joined Equifax in 2016 to oversee its international IT operations, will serve as interim CIO. Russ Ayres, vice president in Equifax's IT organization, was named interim chief security officer and will report to Mr. Rohrwasser as CIO.

5. Richard Smith, CEO of Equifax, will remain in his role managing the company, Quartz notes. 

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