Human Resources

Typical 24: Garry Sidaway, NTT Com Security

Garry Sidaway

  Job title: SVP Security Strategy & Alliances

  Company: NTT Com Security

  Location: Everywhere

  Years’ experience: Over 20 years


1.         What time do you reach the office each day?
My days tend to be very varied and I’m often not in the office. If I do go in, I will tend to get there around 08:00 – 08:30.


2.         Is your job varied?
Yes – I have a varied role within NTT Com Security, covering strategy, alliances, product marketing and our major projects.

3.         Is your job creative?
I wouldn’t say creative as information security requires a focused approach but I’m constantly looking at innovation on the market.

4.         What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
I do a lot of reading and research followed by updates from my teams as well as press and analyst meetings.

5.         Do you personalise your desk?
My home office is personalised but, at work, my life is on the phone.

6.         Would you describe yourself as creative?
I believe the approach I take within my role is creative but focused.

7.         Do you have any quirky daily rituals?

8.         Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
It is about 50/50 and I rely on my team to keep me informed.

9.         How many hours on average do you work a day?
Because I’m in a global role, my days tend to be long covering both the US and APAC.

10.      Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email?
Taking calls? In meetings? Email and meetings, as with most people, take up the majority of my day but I do ensure that I talk to people on a regular basis.

11.      Do you use social media much for work?
I use work-related social media.

12.      What do you enjoy most about your work?
The fact that information security and risk management are constantly changing and providing new challenges.

13.      What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I don’t listen to music at work but when I travel (which is often), I like listening to a wide range of music – especially Jazz and Blues.

14.      What do you do for lunch?
I either have lunch meetings with clients and analysts, or a sandwich or wrap.

15.      Do you socialise with work colleagues?
Yes – you spend a lot of time with work colleagues so I feel taking the time out from work to socialise with them is essential.

16.      Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
I have been lucky enough to enjoy what I do but filling in timesheets is something I’m glad I no longer have to complete.

17.      What is your last task of your day?
This will depend but, typically, ensuring that I have covered off the key tasks for the day which includes one last sweep of my inbox.

18.      How do you like to relax after work?
I need to exercise more but typically reading, walking and watching TV.

19.      Do you keep checking email through the evening?
I have to admit I do.

20.      Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes – I find I’m far more productive at home. The office is for catching up with colleagues and projects.

21.      What would you say to your 20-year old self?
You have a lot to learn but be confident and easy going.

22.      If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
I have always wanted to be a park warden because I like being outside.

23.      What device did you use to answer these questions?
My Surface.

24.      Do you use your own personal device for work?


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