Target's handle on the company's data breach will receive a boost Monday, when the new chief information officer begins work.
According to a company press release, Internet security veteran Bob DeRodes will take the position as new leader of Target's technology division and operations. He's been selected to create the retailer's future information technology and digital plan.
Target's chairman, president and CEO, who has attempted to rectify the incident ever since it first occured in November, said he is looking forward to the additional help as the company transitions from the incident.
"Establishing a clear path forward for Target following the data breach has been my top priority," Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement. "I believe Target has a tremendous opportunity to take the lessons learned from this incident and enhance our overall approach to data security and information technology."
Steinhafel said Target has great appreciation for DeRodes' work, and the aid he will provide the company.
"Bob's history of leading transformational change positions him well to lead our continued breach responses and guide our long-term digital strategy," Steinhafel stated.
DeRodes eagerly awaits his new role with a retailer that prides its customers.
"I look forward to helping shape information technology and data security at Target in the days and months ahead," DeRodes said in the statement. "It is clear to me that Target is an organization that is committed to doing whatever it takes to do right by their guests."
Hackers reportedly took forty million credit and debit account numbers from Target customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013 according to a press release from the company.
The incident spanned Target stores throughout the United States according to Krebs on Security.
"My heart sunk," Steinhafel told CNBC at the time of the breach. "It's hard for me to describe the feeling that came over me. The technology that exists in cards out there is 20th century technology and we've got 21st century hackers.
Affected customers received a 10 percent discount, along with a year's worth of credit monitoring and identity theft protection.