I got into cyber – As I have grown up in IT, through application business analysis, development, and testing, cyber has been at the forefront to ensure we create applications in a safe manner. Now as CIO, I am overall accountable for cyber security for our IT ecosystem at DXC.
For me, a positive cyber mindset is –
Two key points:
- Cyber is everyone’s responsibility. No matter what level or role in the organization we all must take our cyber responsibility seriously.
- Get to Yes! Employees and people will always try to get work done. We can’t create a cyber wall that prevents people from getting work done. They will find a way and we might not like how they do it as it might be insecure. So instead, we must find a way to “get to yes” to allow people to do their work securely.
The skill that set me up for success – is “problem-solving.” Trained as a mechanical engineer by degree in undergraduate school, every class focuses on a methodical and logical approach to problem-solving. Cyber is indeed solving problems every day!
I would tell my younger self – “Be curious.” Ask why, learn something new, and always be reading. This will allow you always to bring something new to the table.
My inspiration – is my three kids (Emma (20), Ty (19) & Addie (18)) and their generation. We have to make this world a better place for them.
What I most want to be remembered for is – “always doing the right thing even when it is hard.”