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CIO Spotlight: Ed Diver, Digital Realty

What advice would you give to aspiring IT leaders? “Spend more time listening than you do talking…”

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Secret CSO: Ross McKerchar, Sophos

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “Undoubtably, the most important aspect of my job is finding, training and retaining smart and motivated people.”

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CTO Sessions: Derek Knudsen, Alteryx

Looking back with 20:20 hindsight, what would you have done differently? "I think I would have moved into the open source movement a lot earlier in my career."

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C-suite career advice: Kevin Kimber, Rimilia

What are the three skills or abilities you look for in prospective candidates? “The main thing I tend to look for might surprise you: softer skills.”

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CIO Spotlight: Paul Johnson, Poly

Do you have a succession plan? “Absolutely. Ensuring that IT staff is growing in their careers while ensuring there’s an active plan to future proof leadership of the organisation is a key responsibility of the IT leader.”

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Secret CSO: Daniel Chechik, WalkMe

What conferences are on your must-attend list? “RSA and Blackhat, OWasp.”

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A new role for the cybersecurity industry: the Business Information Security Officer (BISO)

Why you should consider hiring Business Information Security Officers to develop security strategies that are more connected and integrated into the business.

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CTO Sessions: Morné Van Dalen, Liberis Group

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? "We want to continue to grow exponentially, so it is important that our system is architected in such a way that it can scale at pace."

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C-suite careers advice: Barnaby Mote, 4sl

Do you think it is better to have technical or business skills – or a mix of both? “Mix of both. Technology is not an end – it’s the means to an end.”

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CIO Spotlight: Julian Pimm-Smith, Zellis

What will be most significant business or technology initiatives for you this year? “Stabilisation, automation, and insights.”

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CIOs face an inflection point of influence

This is the opportunity for technology teams and leaders to move from supplier to advisor, with a brokerage role.

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Secret CSO: Etay Maor, IntSights

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? “There are several good approaches to measuring security effectiveness, however, it ultimately boils down to risk management and mitigation.”

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CTO Sessions: Mark Sheldon, Sidetrade

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “It has to be quantum computing, as it’s a totally different way of doing computing at a fundamental level…”

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C-suite career advice: Rohit Khanna, Smarsh

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position? "First off: believe in a cause, have meaningful relationships and be authentic – do not fake it!"

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CIO Spotlight: Chris Bedi, ServiceNow

Does the conventional CIO role include responsibilities it should not hold? “I don’t think there are any responsibilities that CIOs shouldn’t have as IT impacts every facet of an organisation.”

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How the tech industry offers huge opportunities for the unemployed

Many people are facing redundancy as a result of the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but there are plenty of opportunities awaiting them in the tech sector.

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Secret CSO: Christopher Gerg, Tetra Defense

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Don’t burn bridges.”

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CTO Sessions: Jens Krueger, Workday

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? "Technology is there to support the business goals, so you have to start with those."

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