Intelligent CISO Issue 52 - Page 71

I like to unwind by being outside and spending time with my two children . how the internal workings of a software system could be truly hidden .

GO PHISH

WE ‘ GO PHISHING ’ WITH MATIAS MADOU , CO-FOUNDER AND CTO OF SECURE CODE WARRIOR , WHO TELLS US ABOUT LIFE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICE .

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement in the cybersecurity industry ?

I think for me it was making the move to the defensive side of cybersecurity . Building a house to protect your most prized possessions is a complex task
but essential to ensure their safety . When applying this to the world of business , we ’ re helping people to build secure systems at scale and undertaking this shift has been the most memorable achievement of my career .
What first made you think of a career in cybersecurity ?
I came to realise early on in my career that individuals were reverse-engineering systems to enable IP to be stolen and then used in other systems . I then explored the possibility of whether internal systems could be altered so this couldn ’ t take place , so I pursued a PhD in obfuscation and deobfuscation of code . My mission was then to find out

I like to unwind by being outside and spending time with my two children . how the internal workings of a software system could be truly hidden .

What style of management philosophy do you employ in your current position ?
We don ’ t hire people to tell them what to do , we hire them because we know that they can bring a particular skill to the organisation and we need to foster that ability . I ’ m there to remove any obstacles to them succeeding in their role , so my position is all about helping and consulting people to allow them to perform at their best .
What do you think is the current hot cybersecurity talking point ?
I ’ ve been really impressed with the rapid introduction of the Executive Order on Improving the Nation ’ s Cyber Security by President Biden in the United States , which details policies to improve the nation ’ s cyberdefences . I think it ’ s really good for the industry and I haven ’ t really seen other countries evolving as rapidly . With risks expanding , it can only be good news that more regulations and certifications around building secure systems are coming in .
How do you deal with stress and unwind outside the office ?
My day job is sitting at a desk , so I like to unwind by being outside and spending time with my two children . When I ’ m away from home , I find that the best way to connect with my kids is to play video games with them online . If I ring them to chat , I ’ ll usually only get yes or no answers , but they ’ re much more engaged when we ’ ve started a round of Fortnite ! www . intelligentciso . com
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