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Lessons From the First 100 Days on the Job as a CISO

BIAL Vice President Jacxine Fernandez on Challenges, Opportunities of a New Role
Jacxine Fernandez, vice president of information security, Bangalore International Airport Ltd.

The first 100 days for a new CISO are filled with challenges and opportunities to make a strong footprint. You need to improve incrementally, introduce transformational change and have gain visibility into all critical aspects of the organization, said Jacxine Fernandez, vice president of information security at Bangalore International Airport Ltd. and a presenter this week at the C0c0n conference in Kochi, India.

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Good metrics are crucial to success, said Fernandez, who has spent more than two decades in cybersecurity. "The first step is to create a dashboard of what is visible and understand the reason and business objective of the organization that has hired you as a CISO. It is imperative to identify and assess the need and address it," he said.

In this interview with Information Security Media Group, as part of the ISMG’s media partnership with the C0c0n@16 hacking conference, Fernandez discussed:

  • Key themes at the C0c0n conference;
  • How CISOs apply their past experiences in the first 100 days with a new organization;
  • Top priorities for CISOs.

Fernandez is a risk management, information security and business continuity professional with experience in managing these areas in complex IT environments. He previously worked with the Adani Group, Zain, Bharti Airtel, and five other companies across the Middle East and Africa.

About the Author

Geetha Nandikotkur

Geetha Nandikotkur

Vice President - Conferences, Asia, Middle East and Africa, ISMG

Nandikotkur is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in newspapers, audiovisual media, magazines and research. She has an understanding of technology and business journalism and has moderated several roundtables and conferences, in addition to leading mentoring programs for the IT community. Prior to joining ISMG, Nandikotkur worked for 9.9 Media as a group editor for CIO & Leader, IT Next and CSO Forum.

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