Intelligent CISO Issue 61 | Page 72

If you do something you love , you will never work again .


gathering intelligence on cybercriminals and using this to get ahead of the game with them . This is crucial for the industry as , in order to begin combatting cybercrime , we need to be a step ahead of the attackers , rather than trying to play catchup , as is too often the case .
From an industry perspective , it is all about the three letter abbreviations – XDR , EDR , SOC , to name a few . A new one on the list from the last couple of months is GPT with the rise of ChatGPT . Every industry is talking about it and while , in cyber , we have been using AI for a while – it is a part of all of the previously mentioned terms – it has made people realise its true power . In a massively resource-constrained industry , AI has to be the answer .
How do you deal with stress and unwind outside the office ?
I have a few activities I enjoy outside of work which help me to destress – I enjoy sailing , skiing , walking , or simply meeting my mates at the pub .
I ’ m also doing a part-time PHD in cybercrime , which I love and enjoy , but it is debatable whether it is something that helps me relax !
If you could go back and change one career decision what would it be ?
My time working closely with law enforcement made me realise that many other people get out of bed in the morning and want to take down the bad guys , just like me . In a commercial business , this is a difficult attitude to have . That ’ s not to say I necessarily regret anything , but if I could go back , I
perhaps would have done more or dug deeper with these guys earlier .
What do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in the cybersecurity industry ?
AI and similar technologies will be major areas of investment over the coming months and years , even more so with the rise of ChatGPT . This will help propel the industry forwards . However , I do think that investment in the basics is still lacking across the board and should be prioritised .
Are there any differences in the way cybersecurity challenges need to be tackled in the different regions ?
It is true that richer countries , e . g . the US , and verticals such as financial institutions , get attacked more often than others . However , accidental ransomware attacks do dilute these trends , so it

If you do something you love , you will never work again .

is debatable to what extent these are directly targeted more .
What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the next 12 months ?
In the past 12 months , I ’ ve moved from creating security discussions , opportunities and messaging to putting this into action and meeting our customers ’ demand for our security offerings . In the next 12 months , we are making some M & A moves so a large part of my role will revolve around managing these new skills . This will be key to accelerating the industrialisation and automation that we are building .
What advice would you offer somebody aspiring to obtain a C-level position in the security industry ?
Do it because you love it , not because it has a C-level title attached to it . If you do something you love , you will never work again . Remember that it ’ s about the people that you take with you on the journey . Doing the right thing and being able to tell your loved ones that you made a difference today – somehow that is all that matters . u
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