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December 2017, Vol. 19, No. 10

John Germain lands the new CISO position at Duck Creek

Named after a stream on a Tennessee farm, Duck Creek Technologies provides on-premises and cloud software for the property and casualty insurance industry. In August 2017, John Germain joined the 17-year-old company to serve as its first CISO. The information security veteran is charged with leading the overall strategy, direction and management of Duck Creek's security programs and cyber protection initiatives as the Boston-based company continues to grow and expand into global markets. (Accenture acquired Duck Creek in 2011 and sold the majority stake in the company to global private equity firm Apax Partners last year.) Duck Creek continues to partner with Accenture, integrating the consulting firm's big data analytics, internet of things (IoT) and other emerging technologies into its property and casualty platforms. Germain got his introduction to cybersecurity as a network administrator for a manufacturer in the 1990s, when the Melissa virus struck. Like with most companies at the time, protections at the firm were ...

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