TransUnion appoints new chief information security officer
A former Visa executive is taking an important role at TransUnion.
On Tuesday, TransUnion announced the appointment of industry veteran Bill Shields as the company’s new chief information security officer (CISO).
Shields comes to TransUnion from Visa and has more than 22 years of experience including senior leadership roles within information security for the last decade.
The credit bureau explained through a news release that Shields will lead a global organization supporting end-to-end information security efforts and guide the evolution of TransUnion’s comprehensive information security risk-based program according to numerous industry, regulatory and best practice requirements.
“Safeguarding information is a top priority at TransUnion and Bill’s expertise advances our best-in-class information technology organization while helping us achieve our priorities today and beyond,” TransUnion’s chief information technology officer Abhi Dhar said. “He will elevate our multi-layered approach to information security as the company continues its rapid growth trajectory.”
During his two stints at Visa, Shields was most recently the senior vice president of cybersecurity where he developed and implemented the global strategy behind the company’s defense and engineering program focused on prevention, detection and response of threats. Shields also led the security assessment, integration, and control enhancements of the company’s acquisitions.
Earlier in his career at Visa, Shields was responsible for leading the cyber engineering and analytics organization. This work included the strategy, design, implementation, visibility, and operations of core cybersecurity tools.
In between his time at Visa, Shields worked for Citade,l where he led the vision and development of the firm’s first information security program as its CISO.
Shields began his career at Fidelity Investments where he worked for more than 16 years in a variety of technology and security roles.