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Claire Pales

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Claire Pales is an IBRS advisor who specialises in Security and Risk. Claire is the best-selling author of the book “The Secure CIO”, a regular industry writer, a sought after speaker and an advocate for women in cyber. Claire is a mentor and coach to security professionals from graduates to C-level and is an active industry volunteer. Claire has more than 15 years experience in the security industry across fraud, paralegal, corporate security, cyber and information security. With a career that spans Asia Pacific including Australia, Hong Kong, China and India, Claire joins IBRS having led award-winning strategies and established multiple cyber security functions. Claire’s knowledge of cyber and information security is drawn both from formal qualifications and experience as a security leader spanning industries from critical infrastructure to online and ecommerce businesses.

Conclusion: If the broader business is to commit to investing in security, both emotionally and financially, they will need to buy into their responsibility. Security is likely to be seen as an IT problem because historically the minimum level of protection came through network and operating system security staff embedded deep in IT. Technical controls are not sufficient to protect an organisation from all known and potential threats as they are only as strong as the rules and configurations implemented by human operators. If nothing else, raising the profile of security to a broader audience with relevant, personalised messaging will begin to show the business how they can extract full value from security investments and dispel the belief that IT should solve the “security problem”.


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