Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center Names Exec Director

The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) has hired Suzie Squier as its new executive director. Reporting directly to the R-CISC board of directors, Squier, who succeeded Brian Engle in the role, oversees all operations of the Washington, D.C.-based organization, including the Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), membership engagement and education.

Additionally, Squier will carry on the R-CISC’s engagement and partnerships with academic institutions, industry trade associations, government, law enforcement and cross-sector sharing forums, and will actively engage private-sector stakeholders and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and bolster the retail industry’s capability and capacity to mitigate risk from cyberattacks. Two important aspects of her brief to move the organization forward are new sharing architecture to be rolled out later this summer and the R-CISC’s Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, scheduled for Chicago later this year.

In her previous position, at the Arlington, Va.-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Squier played a key role in the origination and formation of the R-CISC. As RILA’s EVP of member services, she also handled the membership and marketing functions, and oversaw the CIO Leaders Council, Cybersecurity Leaders Council and the Internal Audit Committee.

“The board of directors is excited about what the future holds for the R-CISC with the team in place and the addition of Suzie and her leadership,” noted Jim Cameli, chair of the R-CISC and global CISO at Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance. “We have a great deal of positive momentum, and are looking forward to implementing the next iteration of R-CISC’s sharing platform.”

“I look forward to continuing to develop the R-CISC’s capabilities and build solid peer-to-peer relationships within our community, with the government and in cross-sector relationships, to expand the real-time sharing of cyberthreat intelligence and better protect the industry as a whole,” said Squier.

The R-CISC is a cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer product manufacturers, grocers, hotels, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide.

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