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Deborah Wheeler lands role of CISO at Delta Air Lines
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of August 2017, Vol. 19, No. 6
From Word to wings: Deborah Wheeler took on a new set of challenges in February when she accepted the role of CISO at Delta Air Lines Inc. The Atlanta-based carrier is the oldest airline operating in the United States. It grew from its agricultural roots, crop dusting, to providing international cargo and passenger services, with more than 5,000 flights daily across its own and affiliate operations. Part of IT leadership at Delta, Wheeler reports to the CIO and is tasked with securing sensitive information for the global carrier and millions of passengers. Delta's longevity in a turbulent industry has required a willingness to embrace technology advances and swift recovery from IT glitches, such as widespread computer outages. Starting this summer, the airline is rolling out a pilot test of facial recognition technology -- algorithms match facial images to priority customers' passports -- at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, to speed up self-service baggage drops. JetBlue Airways is fielding a similar pilot program...
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Features in this issue
Information security managers and venture capitalists weigh in on which digital trends are changing security operations and how IT teams should deal with the fallout.
The new CISO at Delta Air Lines earned her wings by sticking with security from the start. As the airline industry faces new challenges, Deborah Wheeler takes on a leadership role.
Help is on the way. Companies moving to public cloud infrastructure try out a new crop of cloud visibility tools to monitor configurations and security policy.
Columns in this issue
When we asked CISOs and venture capitalists about disruptive technologies that could transform enterprise security models -- and how to prepare for them -- a few trends stood out.
E. Kelly Fitzsimmons started with coconuts and then sold four companies. A serial entrepreneur discusses security and technology startups and why embracing failure works.