As members of boards and management across corporate America, we have all been through the process of reviewing and updating our crisis management and crisis response plans. We understand that it is no longer a matter of “if” we will have an incident but more an issue of “when” it will occur. So, we’ve developed plans, hired consultants and conducted table top exercises. Are we ready? We think so. We hope so.
Equifax, who experienced a major cyber-attack in 2017, would say that “the reality, however, is that you’re probably not as ready as you think.”
J Kelley, Chief Legal Officer, and Julia Houston, Chief Transformation Officer, of Equifax will be sharing key insights and learnings from their incident.
J Kelley joined Equifax in 2013 and has responsibility for legal services, global sourcing, compliance, government and legislative relations, and corporate governance. Before joining Equifax, he was a senior partner at King & Spalding in its corporate practice group. As part of his focus on corporate governance, Kelley was instrumental in helping create the Lead Director Network.
Julia Houston was named the Chief Transformation Officer with responsibility for overseeing the company’s response to the cybersecurity incident and coordinating its efforts to build a new future. Houston also joined Equifax in 2013 as Senior Vice President, U.S. Legal. Previously, she had served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for two other public companies.
Tim Bentsen, NACD-Atlanta Board member and a board member of Synovus Financial Corp., a $44 billion bank holding company, and a former board member of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and RidgeWorth Funds, will facilitate the program. Tim was an Audit Partner with KPMG and served as Southeast and Atlanta Office Managing Partner prior to his retirement in 2012.