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May 2006


If you want to do business with Home Depot, you've got to get past information risk manager Tony Spurlin's team of engineers. Using comprehensive evaluation processes and his homegrown assessment framework, his team examines potential partners' cor- porate security posture. Partners that haven't nailed down their security don't connect to Home Depot. How rigorous is your certification process? We have to provide an on-site assessment for our partners if they want to connect to us or use our data in any way. A team of engineers travels on site, and [the partner] goes through an interview, which is standardized and based on an information security framework I developed. It's a top-down, drilled down look at their corporate security posture, policies, technology solutions, and management and monitoring of security policies. Then, there's a final gap analysis to determine if they are in compliance with Home Depot policies. Do you run into resistance from partners? If there are issues, we recommend remediation, and they must ...

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