So you’re a massive telco vendor, a nation state or enterprise customer and you want to implement security: where to begin?

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode, we explored with with Pierre Noel, un CSO by design, the complexities involved in managing cyber security within a global environment for some of the world’s leading technology giants

30 Ott 2019

We’ve known each other for 10 years and Pierre contracts with aizoOn (my employer) so let’s get that out of the way for transparency.

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I have known Pierre for a while now, hence why I’m stoked to have had the opportunity to welcome him on the podcast. Pierre knows his stuff and can switch gears in conversation across an array of topics at a deep level which is precisely why he has been appointed to so many key security positions around the world. He shared with us his background in the ICT field, from his beginning at the Open Software Foundation where he participated in the creation of the open source codes that would later on be integrated by mammoth software houses like Microsoft (his former employer where he was the CSO for Asia years after).

He has advised nation states, operated at PM level, built cyber security programs around the globe and walked the executive tightrope in particularly testing environments.

How to ensure effective cyber security management from a global perspective

Pierre shared his insight from his days as Chief Security Officer for Microsoft on how to effectively manage security within a multi-jurisdictional and legal environment, as well as how vendors (Microsoft in this instance) nurtured relationships with its multiple stakeholders, inevitably ending up with a mention to the nowadays trendy “IP discussion”.

Pierre then moved on to hold the position of Global Chief Security and Privacy Officer for Huawei, the Chinese tech giant currently undergoing a grilling behind closed doors and in the media. I’ll park that there – we get into it, there’s a lot of noise surrounding the entire thing.

Are we heading to more turbulent and dark waters than ever?

Additional disclosure, Pierre’s work with aizoOn Technology Company is in Switzerland where, as Pierre illustrated, he is helping to develop a Cyber Hub for a client (and in turn their clients) an information sharing and cyber security platform connecting financial institutions and service providers across Switzerland. The greater good? Collaboration and knowledge sharing in cyber security as a crucial tool to win the good fight!

We then addressed some of the most unclear and thorny issues in our near-term future, primarily 5G, the EU encryption law (success or mistake?), FaceApp and country-based classification, ending the drive of winning perceptions in cyber and instead encouraging fact-based judgements instead.

Well, what else to add – tune in now and feed your ears!

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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.

If you want to passively and effectively identify hackers in your network, require project management on your space programme or even need a chemical scientist to solve a supply chain issue in your bottling plant, give us a call!