Interviews

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C-suite career advice: Gareth Jones, Thomas International

What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received? “Create an adult-to-adult environment where people tell you what’s really going on. Otherwise you are leading in the dark.”

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CIO Spotlight: Darlene Williams, Rocket Software

What's the best career advice you ever received? “Be a learn-it-all instead of a know-it-all.”

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Secret CSO: Mike Scott, Immuta

What's the best career advice you ever received? “Soft skills are almost as essential as technical skills, and the higher you rise in your career, the more vital they become.”

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CTO Sessions: Yair Hershko, Zadara

Are there any technologies which you think are overhyped? “Technologies are born to solve challenges and I don’t believe there are any overhyped technologies.”

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C-suite career advice: Lalit Ahluwalia, Inspira Enterprise

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position? “Embracing a broad vision of the business, no matter your specialisation.”

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CIO Spotlight: Sumit Johar, Automation Anywhere

Looking back with 20:20 hindsight, what would you have done differently? “Early on in my career, I wasn’t as focused on networking with my peers in the industry. Over time, I realised that your network plays a big role in your growth…”...

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Secret CSO: Mike Johnson, Fastly

What conferences are on your must-attend list? “I love the spirit and content of Security BSides events. Find the one closest to you, join that community, and attend!”

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CTO Sessions: Ruchir Swarup, Addepar

What type of CTO are you? “As CTO, the most important thing for me is to make sure I’m creating a culture of camaraderie not competition…”

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C-suite career advice: Eyal Benishti, IRONSCALES

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in IT/tech? “Jump right in, don’t wait until you feel ‘ready.’”

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CIO Spotlight: Mark MacNaughton, EVERSANA

What advice would you give to aspiring IT leaders? “Technology will continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and you can’t stay still.”

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Secret CSO: Todd Dekkinga, Zluri

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Learn as much as you can, get a mentor, network with other security folks.”

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CTO Sessions: Danny Fields, Avalara

What is the biggest issue that you’re helping customers with at the moment? “We’re solving the 5,000-year-old challenge of tax for our customers by applying automation.”

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C-suite career advice: Dave Grow, Lucid

What are some common misconceptions about working in IT/tech? “That tech companies are only cut out for highly technical candidates. The reality is that the vast majority of tech companies need great people in marketing, sales,...

Headshot of Chris Handley, CIO at Nazarbayev University

CIO Spotlight: Chris Handley, Nazarbayev University

What does good culture fit look like in your organisation? “A moving culture is a thriving culture. For a culture to evolve and thrive it needs to be infused with the blood of continuous training.”

Headshot of Alex Tosheff, CSO & Senior VP at VMware

Secret CSO: Alex Tosheff, VMware

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “If you don’t make the time to invest in yourself as a leader, a situation will force you to find that time in the most stressful way possible…”

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CTO Sessions: Michael Smith, Neustar Security Services

What predictions do you have for the role of the CTO in the future? As Marc Andreesen said, ‘Software is going to eat the world’ and the CTO will be the driving force behind that.”

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C-suite career advice: Jennifer Lee, Intradiem

Which would you recommend: A coding bootcamp or a computer science degree? “Becoming a balanced, effective technology leader rests on a combination of the broadest possible education and the most narrowly focused skills training.”

Headshot of Sean Mack, CIO & CISO at Wiley

CIO Spotlight: Sean Mack, Wiley

What roles or skills are you finding (or anticipate to be) the most difficult to fill? “Security and privacy threats continue to grow and the market for this talent has become increasingly tight.”

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