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John Salomon, Regional Director at the FS-ISAC, tells us his story about how he got where he is and what helped him understand his true calling in the information security sector…a precious lesson for every young talent out there

27 Nov 2019

John is the Regional Director for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa at the FS-ISAC, a global organization that involves different industry players with the aim of defining and implementing better rules and regulations governing information security in the financial sector, primarily by fostering information sharing among its members. NOTE: John does not speak for FS-ISAC in this interview; rather, for himself.

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In our conversation, he relives the path he followed that led him to where he is now. From getting into security when it was a hot &trendy topic to now, where he encourages collective defence in the financial sector by anticipating and coping with relentlessly swinging trends.

Financial security, critical infrastructure & national defense: tying them together

John embraces a strategy-driven and all-encompassing approach in tackling the cyber issue by combining lessons learned and best practices from emerging markets with his field-specific expertise enriched by a global and multi-cultural perspective.

He ended our conversation on a positive and promising note for all the young cyber talents to-be out there, encouraging inter-industry alliances to find and train and by betting on the power of inspiration and mentorship to prepare the next generation of cyber minds.

The Secure in Mind Project

Our mission is to greatly increase and encourage community discussion about technological and ethical issues that have done, are and will impact society on a global scale.

There is a longstanding and distinct disconnect between the way information is packaged and presented to the public and the effectiveness of this presentation in terms of generating informed, considered debate.

If we can take complex, important topics and present them, as best we can, in a manner that can interests people from outside the speciality, then we have surpassed our expectations.

Nick Kelly Bio

Nick is someone who, in many senses, is just like you: a human being trying to make sense of this existence of ours as we hurtle around a ball of gas in a sea of infinite eternity. More relevant though are his vacillations in the world amongst diverse countries and environments, collaborating, negotiating, elaborating and celebrating with fascinating people from all walks of life including politics, technology, activism, military and intelligence the world over.

He brings this unique breadth of perspective to the table and has a dogged interest in pursuing the human story behind the title or policy, appreciating the fact that underneath all of our bravado, political correctness and dichotomous states of creation and destruction, we are, after all, merely mortals trying to make the best of it.


The production cost of this episode of ‘Secure in Mind’ was supported by aizoOn Technology Consulting.

aizoOn is a global technology consulting company focused on innovation. Since the digital economy requires new visions, technologies and organisational models, we have taken the eco-system approach. Through this attitude, innovation happens through a co-creation process involving government agencies, individuals, public and private entities.

What this boils down to is that we use data and brains to drastically increase efficiencies, reduce waste, consolidate technology security and cyber postures and train the next generation of the top tech force.

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