Most recently, Farshchi, in his role as CISO, successfully led a similar rebuilding effort to mature The Home Depot into an information security leader following what was one of the largest cyber breaches in history. Prior to The Home Depot, Farshchi was named the first CISO at Time Warner Inc. in 2014, and was responsible for the defense of entities such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO.
Before taking on his role at Time Warner, Farshchi was the VP of Global Information Security at Visa, where he was responsible for protecting over $7 trillion of payment card transactions annually and transforming Visa’s cyber program into one of the most mature within the financial services industry.
In 2009, Farshchi served as the CISO at the Los Alamos National Laboratory with responsibility for defending some of the United States’ most sensitive national security and nuclear weapon assets. He has also served in a variety of risk, operational, and technology leadership roles at organizations including Sitel Corp., NextWave Wireless, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech and the Piedmont Park Conservancy, and he is also a mentor in the Columbia University Technology Management program.
Farshchi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.