Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has created the new role of chief information security officer and has promoted Myrna Soto into the position. The action follows a number of high-profile corporate hacking events, including those affecting Ashley Madison and Sony Pictures.
Soto will report to new Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh. She'll be responsible for the MSO's electronic security strategies and policies across divisions ranging from cable to NBCUniversal. She moves up from the role of chief infrastructure and information security officer within Comcast Cable's engineering and platform services unit.
Soto has been with Comcast since 2009, having previously served as VP of IT governance at MGM Mirage.
"Myrna is an outstanding leader both at Comcast and in the information security and technology community," Cavanagh said in a statement. "We're pleased to have someone with her expertise to oversee this critically important work."
Soto's promotion into a broader-reaching information-security role comes after a series of high-profile data-hacking problems have badly shaken companies ranging from Sony Pictures to Ashley Madison.
The creation of Soto's position appears to be one of several new efforts undertaken by Cavanagh, a former JPMorgan Chase executive who recently took over the Comcast CFO role from Michael Angelakis.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer in a wide ranging interview published Monday, Cavanagh described Comcast's failed bid to acquire Time Warner Cable as a "blessing in disguise."
Instead of having to work to integrate TWC's operations, he said, Comcast can focus on developing new products and improving customer service.
- read this Comcast press release
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