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C-suite career advice: Mehdi Daoudi, Catchpoint

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in IT/tech? “Learn data science. Learn algorithms. Learn how to use IT and data science to answer business questions as soon as possible. You’ll definitely go places.”

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Secret CSO: Howard Taylor, Radware

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “Maintaining balance! … The CISO must evaluate objectives and define ways to bring harmony to the chaos.”

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CTO Sessions: Jason Hart, Trustonic

What type of CTO are you? “I am very much driven by the technology and enjoy the conceptualising and strategising on how to release its potential along with disrupting and creating new markets.”

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C-suite career advice: Kelly Ahuja, Versa Networks

What are your career ambitions, and have you reached them yet? “My ambition has always been to be in a fast-paced industry, to help solve problems and bring solutions to tie to those problems.”

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The CISO of tomorrow

It’s one of the most stressful jobs in security thanks to an ever-expanding array of technologies, compliance requirements and threats but the responsibilities of the CISO could be about to change. Jamal Elmellas, COO at...

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Secret CSO: Steve Dotson, Acoustic

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Understand the actual business you are protecting and become an expert on your products and services.”

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CTO Sessions: Victor Palau, Ebury

What predictions do you have for the role of the CTO in the future? “I would love to see the CTO and VPE role separation disappearing. The industry must wake up to the fact that people, culture, and organisation shape software – not...

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C-Suite career advice: Oz Alashe, CybSafe

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position? “I believe that the best C-levels – especially CEOs – understand people well.”

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Secret CSO: Tracy Reinhold, Everbridge

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? "The worst trend is denial, when people refuse to accept that there is a real threat."

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CTO Sessions: Marc Linster, EDB

What predictions do you have for the role of the CTO in the future? “Agility, curiosity, leadership, and communication skills will become even more important. Technology cycles are accelerating…”

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C-suite career advice: Simen Teigre, Neat

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in IT/tech? “Keep an open mind, stay positive. Find ways to help other people and they will pay you back in dividends.”

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Secret CSO: Frank Russo, Calendly

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? "The best indication that your security program is doing well is how quickly and effectively you can respond to incidents, both external and internal threats."

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CTO Sessions: Paul Kohler, Strategic Security Solutions (S3)

Do you have any trouble matching product/service strategy with tech strategy? “If you view technology as an enabler and not as the objective, matching the product/service strategy to tech strategy becomes seamless.”

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C-suite career advice: Damian Fozard, CoreAVI

What are the three skills or abilities you look for in prospective candidates? “I want people around me who have integrity, so a candidate who demonstrates candour will always be of interest.”

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Secret CSO: Olivia Rose, Amplitude

Is the security skills shortage affecting your organisation? “…We need to address the industry's current perspective on hiring – we have a massive imbalance.”

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CTO Sessions: Narek Verdian, Glovo

What makes an effective tech strategy? “Keeping the company’s impact at the heart of everything you do. The ability to experiment, fail, learn, measure impact, reduce wasteful activities and effectively streamline.”

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C-suite career advice: Thor Olof Philogène, Stravito

What are your career ambitions and have you reached them yet? “If I’m honest, I don’t have traditional career ambitions, that's why I’m an entrepreneur. What motivates me is being able to solve hairy problems. Success is the...

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Is business acumen now more vital for a CISO than security knowledge?

The days when security was only important to financial services and defence organisations are long gone, and with hefty fines and reputational damage having a devastating impact on businesses – board members are starting to take note...

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