Secret CSO: Mike Beck, Darktrace

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? “I am obsessed with mean time to detect, to contain and to remediate.”

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What is your favourite quote? I’m currently watching The Last Dance on Netflix and it is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV. It really showcases how talent and ambition — and dogged hard work — can keep you at the top of your game. It’s amazing to see what Michael Jordan has experienced over the years, so I’ll go with one of his killer lines: “I can accept failure. Everybody fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

What are you reading now? I’m big on spy thrillers. I am a huge fan of John Le Carre and Mark Dawson. I have two sons who are obsessed with Harry Potter, and we’ve been going through the series together, which is great fun.

In my spare time, I like to… Learn to play the piano and try my best to do things to keep my brain sharp as I get older. Working full time and being a parent to young kids consumes most of my time, but it’s been bit of fun in lockdown to try something entirely new and progress through piano lessons.

Most people don't know that I… Have a secret chocolate hobnob biscuit addiction. I’ve been able to keep my addiction hidden from my colleagues!

Ask me to do anything but… Exercise early morning. I enjoy keeping fit and healthy but never at 6am.

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