John South, 2012 Honoree

Chief security officer
Heartland Payment Systems
Plano, Texas
What characteristic is most important to you in an IT hire?
An ability and willingness to find solutions rather than dictate policy. In Heartland's corporate culture, the willingness to find solutions is a key characteristic of all employees, regardless of management status.
What's the most important task you've delegated this year?
The project to integrate our application security framework into the systems development life cycle has been delegated to my application security risk manager. He designed the framework and has been training the various development groups on how to integrate it into their design and development efforts.
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