IT Pro Live: Why does everyone hate security?

Security sometimes gets a bad rap - but it's up to security professionals to help fix it

At times, it's easy to feel like security is one of the most thankless roles in IT, with users often disregarding advice or best practise and treating security guidance as more of an annoying obstacle than something to be heeded. In this panel discussion, we sit down with top CISOs and security practitioners to discuss why security gets such a bad rap, and how teams can build a more security-aware culture within their organisations.

Jane McCallion

Features Editor, IT Pro

Jane started her journalistic career in 2010 as a freelance writer. Her work covered everything from mining and water resource management, to pensions and fisheries. She joined IT Pro and Cloud Pro in 2012 as a staff writer and became features editor across IT Pro, Cloud Pro and Channel Pro in 2016. Jane is an avid baker and cook (you can find photos of many of her creations on Instagram, where she is sunday_lunch), as well as a dedicated linguist. 

Stu Peck

Director of cyber security strategy, ZeroDayLab

Stu heads up Cyber Security Strategy for ZeroDayLab and runs the situational threat awareness program for executives and general employees, and has personally delivered threat briefings to many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 board-level executives and directors throughout the UK and Europe. He has also led investigations in many major security incidents, including global ransomware outbreaks, organised crime, extortion and data theft. He also runs The Many Hats Club community, podcast and recent virtual con that raised over $9,000 for MSF.

Audra Simons

Director, Forcepoint

As Head of Forcepoint Innovation Labs, Audra is responsible for leading the innovation team in creating ideas that will deliver Forcepoint’s human-centric vision of the future; the reinvention of security. She fosters a culture of innovation, investigating how businesses can dynamically adapt their cybersecurity by focusing on the intersection of users with critical data and networks.

Kevin Fielder

CISO, Just Eat

Kevin Fielder is a well known information security professional, currently dividing his time between roles as a Chief Information Security Officer, start-up advisor, crossfit / fitness coach and doting dad. Kevin has created and delivered highly successful, agile security strategies meeting the demands of global businesses. An experienced and dynamic information security professional, Kevin is also a board adviser to several organisations, an experienced speaker and an active member of the cyber security community promoting awareness, diversity and innovation. His goal is to break out of the security ‘echo chamber’ and speak more broadly on critical topics around cyber and resilience.

Killian Faughnan

CISO, William Hill Group

Protecting one of the country's largest betting and gaming companies from attackers is no easy task, but it's a challenge that William Hill Group CISO Killian Faughnan relishes. With operations in multiple countries and a huge number of customers and partners to defend, it's a job that ensures Killian's never going to be bored.

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