Leadership & Executive Communication , Training & Security Leadership

Profiles in Leadership: Anne Hännikäinen

Escape Rooms: One CISO's Tool for Honing Cybersecurity Mindsets and Awareness
Anne Hännikäinen, ‎CISO, Fintraffic

Who breathes, lives and dreams cybersecurity? While cybersecurity professionals might do so, communicating the vision and mindset required to practice proper information security continues to be a challenge because such skills must be regularly refreshed. Anne Hännikäinen, CISO of Fintraffic, says maintaining good cybersecurity practices must include such essentials as having senior leadership on board, but it can be measurably bolstered further by applying strategies such as gamification.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Hännikäinen discusses:

  • The challenge of making cybersecurity and risk management relevant for all employees;
  • Applying John Kotter's eight-step model - from creating a sense of urgency through to building on momentum;
  • Using gamification - such as escape rooms - to build enthusiasm for cybersecurity communications and thinking.

Hännikäinen, a CyberEdBoard Executive Member, is CISO of Fintraffic. She previously served as CISO of media and learning company Sanoma, information security service manager at cybersecurity services firm Nixu, and in a number of roles, including security manager, at Nokia.

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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