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CSO Spotlight: Niall Browne, Domo

For Browne, the most important aspect of the CISO's job is understanding that the two most important people in information security are the customer and the hacker.

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Browne has more than two decades of experience in managing global security, compliance and risk management programs for financial institutions, cloud providers and technology services companies. He pioneered the first Bring Your Own Key technology for the business management industry and has led numerous industry security, risk and vendor management committees composed of Fortune 50 companies. Prior to Domo he served as Workday’s chief trust officer, and CSO, where he created and managed their enterprise trust program. Browne has also spoken at numerous industry conferences on enterprise cloud. Here he discusses his beginnings as a webmaster and how that inspired him to become a CSO.

What was your first job? My first job was as the webmaster of a leading bank that was just beginning their transition to the internet. Apart from having the really interesting title of “webmaster,” it was also a great opportunity to learn about web services, as they were just evolving in the industry.

How did you get involved in cybersecurity? In my first job as webmaster, I learned very quickly that there are a lot of people that will spend a lot of time and resources to try to break into your systems.

Tell us about your career path. I started out as a security architect helping build secure networks and systems. After this, I grew my skill-set by branching into information security, risk, privacy, fraud and compliance. I have spent the last thirteen years as the CSO of major cloud companies/providers.

Was there anyone who has inspired or mentored you in your career? Inspiration comes from team members and peers who are intellectually curious and are always challenging themselves.

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? Understanding the two most important people in information security: your customer and the hacker.

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