And the pretend hackers she’s fighting with? They’re working toward the same cause. Opposite Carrie’s Blue Team, they’re a group of associates who call themselves the Red Team, made up of “nice” hackers who work to test the company’s defenses. While the Red Team attempts to break in, the Blue Team is treating every simulated attack on Walmart’s systems as if it were a real threat, training and staying sharp in the process.
A strong Red/Blue team dynamic helps both sides get better – continually strengthening the security of the organization. It’s rare to see in the cybersecurity field, but Chief Information Security Officer Jerry Geisler designed these teams to ensure that data from Walmart’s more than 275 million weekly customers and 2.2 million associates remains secure.
“Our Information Security team is dedicated to keeping our systems across Walmart and our family of brands secure,” Geisler said. “We’re responsible for the security of hundreds of millions of people, and we take that very seriously.”
It’s a unique environment, and an exciting one that’s the making of a dream job for engineers like Carrie.