Denny D.

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 Name: Denny D.  Years in Security Industry: 20
 Title: CISO  RSA Conferences Attended: Many

What aspect of your job gets you up in the morning?
The challenge of solving important problems.

Biggest security concern:
Not adequately addressing the unavoidable ignorance of the general population.

Big Data – hype or not?
No hype here. Big Data is a big challenge from several angles. We need to embrace new ways of squeezing actionable knowledge out of our big data stores.

Why do you attend RSA® Conference:
There is no other place on the planet where the best minds in the industry converge. RSA is the most efficient way to stay in touch with our industry.

What industry-wide changes need to happen in order to improve how security organisations work together?
We need to get much better at sharing threat data in ways that do not leak proprietary information. Then we might actually do it.

What does "Security in knowledge: Mastering data. Securing the world" mean to you?
Data is the basis of knowledge, knowledge the basis of wisdom, wisdom the basis of actions. Improving our mastery of the security of data, knowledge and wisdom in the path to a more secure world.

Most memorable career moment?
The day a fighter pilot lost his life in a crash that nearly took my own. Moments are precious.

Favourite session topic:
Cyberwarfare & Cybercrime.

Best advice ever received:
Embrace accountability for your own actions and inactions as a means of staying in control or your life.

Most important mentor and why:
My high school English teacher-for looking past the atrocious grammar, praising the mind behind the words and being a friend.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Perfect day off:
Long run at dawn followed by activities with friends and family. And food…lots of food.

Why do you keep coming back to RSA Conference?
I attend the RSA conference to fill in the contemporary knowledge gaps and to meet people.

Biggest professional challenge?
Taking enough risk to get me fired without getting me fired.

Why you're in the security industry:
Because it is overwhelming and one cannot possibly master it leaving me no choice but to do what I love most: Learn.

First job:

PC or Mac?
Yup, and any other tool that helps me attain my goals.

Blackberry, Android or iPhone?
It still amazes me these devices were purely fictional concepts being used on the bridge of the Enterprise just 3 decades ago.

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