Interviews

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C-suite career advice: Brian Dye, Corelight

What are the three skills or abilities you look for in prospective candidates? “Cultural fit is king. In organisations with strong cultures, alignment here dictates long term success both for the person and for the company...”

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CIO Spotlight: Craig Donald, The Football Association

Are you leading a digital transformation? If so, does it emphasise customer experience and revenue growth or operational efficiency? “We are on a digital transformation journey that started three years ago and will become a way of...

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Skyflow shoots for stars with plan to fix Web privacy

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use the API economy to simplify security.

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Secret CSO: Alan Osborne, Paysafe

What conferences are on your must-attend list? “I would advise anyone to be really thoughtful with any conferences they attend - you can make a career out of attending these (and dinners!), but ask yourself if you will really get...

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HYCU seeks to give backup a new simplicity

Boston-based HYCU wants to make enterprise data recovery iPhone-style ease of use.

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CTO Sessions: James Lloyd, Redox

What has been your greatest career achievement? “Building a fully-remote, digital company when it wasn’t popular or generally thought feasible.”

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C-suite career advice: Michael Garrett, Omada

How important are specific certifications? “Provided they are of high quality and good recognition then they are really helpful both for the individual to demonstrate their level of competence but also for an employer to know...”

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CIO Spotlight: Bill VanCuren, NCR Corporation

What does good culture fit look like in your organisation? “Culture is the number one barrier to digital transformation.”

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Secret CSO: Roger Hale, BigID

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “It’s hard for me to bet the best, but immutable infrastructure is a great trend. Immutable infrastructure sets up DevOps and InfoSec for success.”

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CTO Sessions: Andres Rodriguez, Nasuni Corporation

Explain your career path. Did you take any detours? “Oh, yes. Absolutely. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I spent a year in a small village in Spain, working both as a shepherd and as an apprentice to a butcher.”

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C-suite career advice: Amitabh Sinha, Workspot

How important are specific certifications? “For me, zero. I just looked at what an employee or prospective employee did in their previous role, what they've learned and what they want to do in their next role.”

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CIO Spotlight: Kim Brannon, SAP NS2

Looking back with 20:20 hindsight, what would you have done differently? “… I would have cultivated more confidence. I recognise that there are times when I let imposter syndrome get the best of me.”

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Secret CSO: Gil Vega, Veeam

Is the security skills shortage affecting your organisation? “There’s an ongoing “war on talent” in security. Everyone is trying to hire the same people…”

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CTO Sessions: Ashwath Nagaraj, Aryaka

How do you align your technology use to meet business goals? “The most important thing for a customer from our perspective is user experience and productivity. Our products need to be orientated towards creating great customer...

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Techfugees – empowering refugees through innovation

Techfugees is a non-profit that’s established hundreds of projects around the world aimed at improving inclusion and opportunities for displaced individuals. We talk to its CEO about changing the narrative around migration, the need...

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C-suite career advice: Ray Kruck, Tugboat Logic

What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received? “Build a foundation of solid career relationships with people who can trust you and who you can empower to be successful as well.”

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CIO Spotlight: Tom Brady, The University of Law

What does good culture fit look like in your organisation? “From an IT perspective having committed staff with the relevant skillsets to deliver solutions that help the business perform to the highest level.”

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Secret CSO: Matthew Ireland, NTT Research

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Success in security requires an organisational behaviour change, and that happens after identifying top priorities first…”

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