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Third-party risk is "next frontier" in cyber war, Home Depot IA leader says

Tammy Whitehouse | March 7, 2016

Third-party risk represents the “next frontier” in the ongoing cyber war, says Kelly Barrett vice president of internal audit and corporate compliance at Home Depot, where she navigated a cyber breach like it was “a blow to the head” and now tells the story of how the entity faced the crisis.

“I worry about third-party risk a lot,” said Barrett, in an address to the Institute of Internal Auditors General Audit Management conference. While the company quickly addressed a breach into its own customer payment data in 2014, the experience has led to plenty more activity to shore up more risk, she said. Third party risk is one that still keeps her up at night.

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