I changed a few words in a New York Times article (see below) about Kirstjen Nielsen's failed attempts to highlight cyber security to the White House. I simply made Nielsen a CISO and the White House a bank. I also substitutued a few words here and there so the context would make sense for a bank. Regardless of your politics, read the transposed article and let me know what you think. If you read this about your bank, how would you feel?
In the months before Mary Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus Acme Financial on one of her priorities as Chief Information Security Officer: preparing for new and different forms of Russian forms of interference in the bank’s business. CEO Donald Trent’s chief of staff told her to not bring it up in front of the CEO. Nielsen left Acme Financial early this month after a tumultuous 16-month tenure. Officials said that she had become increasingly concerned about Russia’s continued activity in the bank’s business during and after the 2018 fiscal year – ranging from its search for new techniques to divide the bank’s customers using social media, to experiments by hackers to rerouting internet traffic and infiltrating power grids. But in a meeting this year, Joe Mulvaney, the Acme chief of staff made it clear that Trent still equated any company discussion of malign Russian hacking with questions about the legitimacy of his success as CEO. According to one senior ACME official, Mulvaney said that it “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.” Even though ACME Financial has responsibility for securing its infrastructure, Nielsen gave up on her effort to organize a company-wide meeting of executives to coordinate a strategy to protect next year’s bank activities. As a result, the issue did not gain the urgency or widespread attention that a CEO can command. And it meant that many Acme employees and customers remain unaware of the latest version of Russian hacking. This account of Nielsen’s frustrations was described to the New York Times by three senior Acme executives and one former Acme executive, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. Acme did not provide comment after multiple requests on Tuesday. After this article was published on Wednesday, Mulvaney said through a spokesman, “I don’t recall anything along those lines happening in any meeting.” He said the Acme team would not tolerate foreign interference in bank’s business and was working to prevent it by increasing coordination among FS-ISAC participants. While American intelligence agencies have warned of the dangers of new hacking campaigns penetrating banking, Trent and those closest to him have maintained that the effects of Russia’s hacking were overblown.