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September 2003

Rhonda MacLean: Bankable leadership in financial information security

Rhonda MacLean Senior VP and Director of Corporate Information Security, Bank of America Rhonda MacLean Several months ago, a congressional panelist asked former U.S. cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke which he deemed more secure--the private or the public sector? "The private sector," he responded, explaining that it had more people who knew what they were doing. "The best example is Bank of America. And the best example of someone who knows what they're doing is Rhonda MacLean." Sitting several rows behind Clarke, waiting to testify in the next hearing, was a slightly surprised but nonetheless proud MacLean. As senior VP and director of corporate information security for one of the world's largest financial institutions--with some $680 billion in assets, 4,400 branches and nearly 13,000 ATMs serving 32 million customers--MacLean is at the pinnacle of her profession. She oversees a multimillion-dollar budget and 400-plus staff devoted to protecting the North Carolina-based company's networks, data and reputation. "We're in the ...

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