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The most important IT qualification is an IT education, since experience without foundational education is meaningless; having worked unqualified for years is not itself a qualification, just a condemnation of the employer. Would you trust your life to a doctor or a lawyer with no medical or legal education? An IT education means a BS or better (for higher positions) in an IT subject like computer science or electrical engineering (ideally both) from a good university. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Trading security for IT incompetent diversity is a fool's bargain. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

A foreigner working in American IT is suspect, particularly in regards to qualifications and security; it makes one IT incompetent. And foreigners taking American jobs is just wrong. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Alphabetical by organization, then alphabetical by last name of individual in the organization. Or just "Find". See also the other wings of the IT Incompetents Hall of Shame: Government ITIHOS or Media ITIHOS.

The IT Incompetents Hall of Shame will be continuously updated and there are enough IT incompetents to last for a long time to come; check back often.

Apple fake chief IT innovator Tim Cook.

Tim Cook



Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO), which at Apple is the de facto chief IT innovator, at least when Apple was successful, which was only when Steve Jobs was CEO.

No IT education. Only a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Steve Jobs was always very concerned about his legacy. As he was dying, Apple kept issuing statements that it would be fine without him, which infuriated him. Jobs thus appointed the IT incompetent Tim Cook as his successor, deliberately so Apple would fail without him, exactly like it had when the IT incompetent John Sculley was CEO, having forced Jobs out. Any IT innovation that Apple has shown while Cook was CEO was left over from Jobs. Cook clearly also has no interest in IT innovation, preferring instead to spend Apple's time and money on forcing his political beliefs on consumers.

Booz Allen Hamilton (NSA IT contractor) fake IT tech Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden



Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) (National Security Agency (NSA) IT contractor) IT tech. Previously worked for Dell and the CIA. Fled to Russia to avoid espionage charges in the U.S.

No IT education. A high school dropout.

In what has been called the worst espionage incident in U.S. history, Snowden purposely went to work for BAH / NSA so he would have access to top-secret documents to compliment the top-secret documents he had already stolen from the CIA. Whether his exposing NSA and CIA secrets was good or bad, as an extreme IT incompetent he should not have been hired in the first place by anyone.

Equifax and Home Depot post data breach CISO Jamil Farshchi.

Jamil Farshchi



Equifax and Home Depot post data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Little IT education. Only a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) in management information systems from low-ranked University of Oklahoma and an MS in education.

Equifax hired IT incompetent music major Susan Mauldin as CISO, which resulted in the most massive data breach of its time and made Equifax credit reports worthless. Obviously, after that anyone Equifax hires as CISO must be assumed to be IT incompetent and Farshchi bears that out. Similarly for Home Depot. IT incompetents have to keep switching companies -- and a just post data breach company is safest -- before the inevitable data breach resulting from their IT incompetence is made public, just like Yahoo-then-Facebook CISO Alex Stamos. Farshchi's longest time at a company is 3 years.

Equifax data breach fake CISO Susan Mauldin.

Susan Mauldin



Equifax data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Now comfortably retired.

No IT education. Only a BA / MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in music composition from the University of Georgia, conveniently located near Equifax headquarters.

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, Mauldin let hackers have the most sensitive financial information of millions of people, including government employees, particularly those in national security. Also let hackers change credit reports, which are the basis for background checks, particularly in national security; see Equifax Dead: Hacked So Credit Reports Worthless.

Equifax data breach fake CIO Dave Webb.

Dave Webb



Equifax data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO). Now comfortably retired.

No IT education. Only a BA in Russian and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Foreigner: British? BA in Russian (the Equifax hackers might have been Russian) from the University of London (British universities are well-known for Russian agents).

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, Webb let hackers have the most sensitive financial information of millions of people, including government employees, particularly those in national security. Also let hackers change credit reports, which are the basis for background checks, particularly in national security; see Equifax Dead: Hacked So Credit Reports Worthless.

Yahoo then Facebook dunce CISO Alex Stamos.

Alex Stamos



Facebook and Yahoo data breaches Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Now a non-PhD research professor at Stanford University.

Little IT education. Only a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley; a violent, politics over competence university. Even if UC Berkeley were good, a BS is too little for the CISO of Fortune 500 companies.

Very recently, Facebook admitted to yet another massive data breach; 50 million user accounts compromised. Alex Stamos was (Jun 2015 - Aug 2018) Facebook's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO a.k.a. CSO) when the hole that allowed the breach was introduced into Facebook's code (Jul 2017). Stamos was (Mar 2014 - Jun 2015) also CISO of Yahoo during their two massive data breaches (late 2014); 500 million and 1 billion user accounts compromised. Stamos staggeringly exemplifies another aspect of IT incompetence: being overwhelmingly more interested in imposing his political beliefs on customers than in being competent at his high-paid IT job. Read more at Yahoo-Then-Facebook CISO Alex Stamos Allows Yet Another Massive Data Breach.

Facebook's dunce programmer Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg



Facebook founder/programmer.

Little IT education. Second-year college dropout majoring in psychology and computer science.

Like most of the Web, a lot of the problems with Facebook, particularly security problems (which includes privacy), is just bad programming. Given Facebook's success this may seem counterintuitive but Facebook is successful for other reasons, including unethical (starting with Zuckerberg possibly having stolen the idea for Facebook), monopolistic business practices, and dumb luck; see Fake Federal Facebook Fury Finally Finished. Further, Zuckerberg foolishly hired Facebook and Yahoo data breaches Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Alex Stamos.

GoDaddy fake CIO Arne Josefsberg.

Arne Josefsberg



GoDaddy Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Infrastructure Officer and Executive Vice President and ...

No IT education. Only a Swedish MS in applied physics from Lunds Tekniska Hogskola. A Swedish MS is equivalent, if at all, to an American BS (4 years after high school); like many Europeans, the Swedish claim their BS degree is an MS so that Swedes can outcompete Americans for American jobs. Swedish universities are also typically inferior to American universities; that's why so many come to America for college.

Foreigner: Swedish. Sweden is often used by its neighbor Russia.

GoDaddy is failing due to IT incompetence. Their web interface to their services is just one large bug. Their security consists of adding more vulnerabilities. They are desperate for anyone who seems to them even remotely IT competent, like Josefsberg, who was then given multiple executive positions. GoDaddy admits it is IT incompetent and is moving its IT to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Why would anyone use GoDaddy, with its exorbitant prices and frustrating IT incompetent non-English-speaking tech support, when they could use AWS directly?

LookingGlass Cyber Solutions's (U.S. Secret Service IT contractor) dunce British CIO Allan Thomson.

Allan Thomson



LookingGlass Cyber Solutions's (U.S. Secret Service IT contractor) Chief Information Officer (CIO) equivalent.

Little IT education. Maximum a BS in computer science from the low-ranked University of Glasgow, which is too little for Secret Service IT.

Foreigner: British. BS from the University of Glasgow and British universities are well-known for Russian agents.

LookingGlass Cyber Solutions does the IT work for the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the U.S. President's life. The CIO for that should be the best and from the U.S. See Secret Service Outsources IT to IT Incompetent Foreign-Influenced Company. And foreigners taking American jobs is just wrong.

Premera data breach fake CISO Kacey Kemp.

Kirsten (Kacey) Kemp



Premera data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) equivalent. Now Premera Executive Vice President of Operations.

No IT education. Only Business Executive Development Program at the University of Washington, conveniently located near Premera headquarters.

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, Kemp let hackers have the contact info and medical records of many thousands of people, particularly children, who are thus at risk for abduction. See FBI Hacking Investigation Negligence Lawsuit, Part 1.

Premera data breach fake CIO Kirsten Simonitsch.

Kirsten Simonitsch



Premera data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO). Now an IT consultant at Next Level.

No IT education. Only a BA in economics and a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) in marketing.

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, Simonitsch let hackers have the contact info and medical records of many thousands of people, particularly children, who are thus at risk for abduction. See FBI Hacking Investigation Negligence Lawsuit, Part 1.

USPS post data breach CISO Gregory Crabb.

Gregory Crabb



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

No IT education. Only a BA in accounting from low-ranked North Central College.

After the massive data breach the USPS allowed, Crabb was the replacement USPS CISO; apparently the U.S. Government will insist on being IT incompetent until it collapses. The USPS website is a programming fiasco. Workers at post offices routinely (and wisely) advise customers not to try to do anything using the USPS website. Besides being nearly unusable, the website is full of security holes. For example, it is not too difficult to arrange to view the mail others are receiving. The postal service is the original information technology of the U.S., founded by smart people. To think that it can successfully continue headed by incompetents is stupid and a dangerous waste of taxpayer money. Incredibly, Crabb's salary is $198,790 according to FedsDataCenter.com.

USPS post data breach CIO Kristin Seaver.

Kristin Seaver



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO).

No IT education. Only a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

After the massive data breach the USPS allowed, Seaver was the replacement USPS CIO; apparently the U.S. Government will insist on being IT incompetent until it collapses. The USPS website is a programming fiasco. Workers at post offices routinely (and wisely) advise customers not to try to do anything using the USPS website. Besides being nearly unusable, the website is full of security holes. For example, it is not too difficult to arrange to view the mail others are receiving. The postal service is the original information technology of the U.S., founded by smart people. To think that it can successfully continue headed by incompetents is stupid and a dangerous waste of taxpayer money. Incredibly, Seaver's salary is $259,280 according to FedsDataCenter.com.