The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) announced today it has hired Brian Engle to serve as the Executive Director of the Center. As Executive Director, Engle will report directly to the R-CISC Board of Directors and be responsible for management of the organization's day-to-day affairs.
Engle joins the R-CISC after most recently serving as the State of Texas Chief Information Security Officer where he advised the executive leadership of nearly 200 independent state agencies and higher education organizations on protecting information resources for the State of Texas. Engle served as a policy-making official responsible for statewide cybersecurity strategies, as well as the oversight of the delivery of the enterprise security program, operations and services.
In May of 2014, America's most recognized retailers formed the R-CISC, the cybersecurity resource for the retail industry. The R-CISC is a non-profit corporation promoting cybersecurity and data privacy through all appropriate means. The Center's Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) has opened a steady flow of information sharing between retailers, law enforcement and other relevant stakeholders. These efforts already have helped prevent data breaches, protected millions of American customers and saved millions of dollars. The R-CISC is open to retailers and merchants of all segments and sizes. R-CISC fact sheet and website.
"Retailers have shown true commitment towards collaboration and the protection of customers through the establishment of R-CISC as the cybersecurity resource for the retail industry. The Board of Directors is confident Brian's in-depth knowledge and experience in cybersecurity positions him well to lead the R-CISC," said Jim Cameli, Chair of the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) and CISO at Walgreens. "The Board is looking forward to working with Brian to build upon the current R-CISC structure and its continued evolution as a critical tool for retailers in the fight against cyber criminals."
Engle will officially begin as Executive Director of the R-CISC on February 9, 2015. As the Executive Director, Engle will serve as the central point of coordination and communication for the Retail ISAC, which is sharing real-time threat information, threat indicators, indicators of compromise, vulnerability/threat activity, and other actionable intelligence to mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks on retailers and their customers. Engle will also oversee the education and training segments of the Center and a research arm through partnerships with leading academic institutions and other organizations to provide the industry with insight on emerging technologies and potential new threats. As the R-CISC's Executive Director, Engle will actively engage private sector stakeholders and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and strengthen the retail industry's capability and capacity to mitigate risk from cyber attacks.
"In less than one year the R-CISC has made tremendous progress and become a critical resource for retailers, I look forward to continuing this momentum. The truth is, no industry, institution or government agency is immune from attack, and the retail industry faces unique challenges in protecting its systems and customer information from data breaches, point of sale attacks and malware. I am excited to build partnerships and help facilitate the secure sharing of vetted, actionable, and timely cyber threat information through this critical tool," said Brian Engle, Executive Director for the R-CISC.
Prior to serving as the CISO for the State of Texas, Engle was the CISO for the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Previous information security roles include CISO for Temple-Inland, Manager of Information Security Assurance for Guaranty Bank, and Senior Information Security Analyst for Silicon Laboratories. He is a past president and lifetime member of the board of directors of the Information Systems Security Association Capitol of Texas Chapter, is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and has been recognized as a CISSP and CISA.
Engle holds a B.S. in management/computer information systems and was the 2014 T.E.N. ISE Central Region Information Security Executive of the Year and North America Information Security Executive of the Year Award Academic/Public Sector, and was recognized as an Information Systems Security Association Honor Role Recipient in 2014.
R-CISC fact sheet and website.
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.