WE ‘ GO PHISHING ’ WITH STUART WELLS , CTO OF JUMIO , WHO TELLS US ABOUT LIFE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICE .
wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?
I am fortunate that I have been able to achieve a number of notable high points in my working career . However , rather than one moment , my most memorable career achievement has to be the people I ’ ve met and the relationships I ’ ve built along the way . I ’ m very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and brightest people , where everyone is willing to share their expertise and knowledge . Ultimately , it ’ s these people that have helped me to become the leader that I am today .
What first made you think of a career in technology ?
A career in technology was somewhat inevitable for me . I went to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where I studied electrical and electronic engineering as an undergraduate . After that , I went on to undertake a Master of Science in digital techniques ( computer architectures and computer science ) and then pursued a PhD in video and image compression where I chose to focus my paper on video compression and Machine Learning ( ML ).
After my studies , I became a research engineer at Kaiser Electronics which brought me to California . In my role there , I was involved with designing digital map displays for aircraft , a little like what you ’ d expect to see in Top Gun ! I was at Kaiser Electronics for three years before moving on to pursue positions at other technology companies like Sun Microsystems , Avaya , FICO and , of course , Jumio .
Given the constantly evolving nature of technology , there ’ s always something new to learn and each role has allowed me to be creative and develop solutions for new challenges .
What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position ?
Agility and a readiness to keep learning and improving are core philosophies for me . On a practical level , in my role at Jumio , that means ensuring our system is learning to detect forgeries and other anomalies on documents and are able to quickly and accurately return relevant , actionable results to customers in real-time . This takes teams of scientists and engineers with clear goals and objectives , who have the ability to make course corrections as new information is uncovered .
In terms of how I manage my teams , I believe there is a clear relationship between time spent learning and a person ’ s career satisfaction , career prospects and general happiness . Therefore , I see it as my role to incorporate active learning in the workplace where possible , while also encouraging team members – regardless of their position – to share ideas and speak up . By creating a culture that does not shy away from healthy debate , we are able to break the mould of forced march development and innovate .
What do you think has emerged as the technology trend of 2022 and why ?
Identity fraud remained a key threat and the number of cases recorded grew by 22 % in 2021 , accounting for 63 % of all types of online fraud cases recorded to the National Fraud Database . More than ever , we ’ re seeing cyberattackers using a www . intelligentciso . com