Intelligent CISO Issue 13 | Page 51

COVER STORY nd-user O Mark Walmsley, CISO at global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, talks us through the challenges keeping CISOs up at night, how his company is tackling the cyberskills shortage and what advice he would offer those aspiring to join the c-suite in a cybersecurity role. B By way of background . . . Having studied law, he spent time working in a different field before joining Freshfields. He said: “I spent time learning the business in a variety of roles within the litigation department before moving into project management. That opened up the opportunities within security. I have been the CISO for the last five years”. Mark more recently also started working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in its Industry 100 scheme and is also the chairman of the steering group for the annual Cyber Security Connect UK conference. | Issue 13 glo ba g l la ri n w fi De s u rm Fr a eshfields Bruckh er SECURING THE LEGAL SECTOR Mark Walmsley has been the Chief Information Security Officer at global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for five years but he’s been at the firm longer still. at Partnerships, collaboration, information sharing – how important is it? Walmsley explained that traditionally information sharing wasn’t common among security professionals. But that mindset has changed over the last three years. He said: “We are all more collaborative and that has taken a bit of the pressure off my organisation and me personally. “No one is pleased to see another business been breached but it does mean the threat is real and tangible and that helps to focus future improvements.” He added: “It’s not just talking about threats but it’s also being able to introduce parties to one another based upon experience and trust. For a CISO this is absolutely critical. “The CISO community is very small. Everyone thinks it’s this massive beast 51