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Adieu, Robert Garigue, we’ll miss you

Feb 09, 20071 min
Identity Management Solutions

Word reached us somewhat belately of the untimely death last month of Robert Garigue, who was most recently VP for information integrity and chief security executive for Bell Canada. According to his obituary in the Ottawa Citizen, Garigue died peacefully in Montreal on Jan. 10, at the age of 55.

I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Garigue numerous times over the years. He appeared on our cover in November 2004, for a story I did about spyware,

and was someone I always called when I needed a source who was not only intelligent and insightful–he was truly one of North America’s very finest CSOs–but also would challenge me to think philosophically about the topic du jour. The last time we spoke, for a story I did on the risks of Google, the conversation veered, in a typically Garigue way, from semantic hacking, to the deep and shallow web, to information peacekeeping, to nanotechnology. My day was always richer for having spoken with him, and I believe my stories were too.

His passing is an incredible loss for the security community and beyond. My condolences to his family and friends.

–Sarah D. Scalet