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What’s at the top of the CTO’s to-do list?

CTOs have a key role; when tech goes down then businesses stop, full stop. So – what key items are on the agenda for the office of the CTO?

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Secret CSO: Dana Simberkoff, AvePoint, Inc.

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Building and maintaining a strong network of peers within the security industry is vital… constant communication with industry peers and mentors also lets you learn from their...

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CTO Sessions: Frances Sneddon, Simul8

Are there any technologies which you think are overhyped? "While I think AI and machine learning are great technologies, I do feel they are often seen as the answer to everything, which they are not!"

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C-suite career advice: Dob Todorov, HeleCloud

Did you always want to work in IT? "I was 9 when I started developing my first programmes in Applesoft Basic on a community centre Apple II. I was hooked pretty much from day one..."

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Secret CSO: Sam Rehman, EPAM Systems, Inc.

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? “The worst is 'one click fixes' all type of solution. There is NO silver bullet, and anyone who claims that it can be a hassle-free single solution is not being truthful.”

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CTO Sessions: Simon Bennett, Rackspace Technology

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “The next one that’s not been invented! We work in a fast faced industry, developing new things and ideas all the time.”

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C-suite career advice: Mark Vivian, Claremont

What are the skills or abilities you look for in prospective candidates? “Most important though is aptitude. Have they got the ability to develop, and have they got the growth mindset that will allow them to develop…”

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Secret CSO Series: Tom Conklin, Fivetran

What's the best career advice you ever received? “Your career will be shaped far more by the relationships you build than the work you get done.”

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CTO Sessions: Matt Watts, NetApp

Do you have any trouble matching product/service strategy with tech strategy? “Not really, as you always have to start with the pain point, the product or service is then tailored to meet it.”

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C-suite career advice: John Lyons, Zen Internet

What are the most common mistakes made by candidates in an interview? “The main mistake I see is people not preparing enough in advance.”

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Secret CSO: Tim Bandos, Digital Guardian

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? "The best trend in cyber security today is the notion of automating and integrating your security solutions through orchestration type software and available API’s."

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CTO Sessions: Ryan Donovan, Hootsuite

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “We’re starting to see cross platform UI frameworks really mature so you’re getting closer to the ability to write once and deploy everywhere across all devices and...

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C-suite career advice: Ian Stevenson, Cyan

What are some common misconceptions about working in IT/tech? “I think a lot of people see IT as being about computers, but it’s not. Computers aren’t interesting unless they achieve something in the real world, for real people.”

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Secret CSO: Brian Wrozek, Optiv Security

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Leverage and build upon what’s already available. Reuse and repurpose.”

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CTO Sessions: Anatoli Gorchet, Neurala

What type of CTO are you? "I am the type of CTO who likes to challenge the norm, coming up with my own version of a solution."

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C-suite career advice: Paul Gosling, Thales

How important are specific certifications? “I think achieving the Chartered Engineering qualification is important, as it is a measure of a commitment to life-long learning.”

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Secret CSO: David Levine, Ricoh USA, Inc.

Cybersecurity is constantly changing – how do you keep learning? "I’m a strong proponent for peer learning. Finding opportunities to talk and discuss challenges with fellow CSOs is invaluable."

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CTO Sessions: Darren Anstee, NETSCOUT

What type of CTO are you? "I’d describe myself as a technologist burdened with a fairly high level of pragmatism. "

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