Leadership & Executive Communication , Training & Security Leadership

Profiles in Leadership: Francis McGillicuddy

Navigating Open Banking Revolution Requires Flexibility, Technology, Salesmanship
Francis McGillicuddy, information security officer, Finleap Connect

Want a challenge? Then look to the financial technology - aka fintech - sector, where the rise of open banking has helped new firms such as Berlin-based Finleap Connect flourish by providing services to large banks and insurance companies, says its information security officer, Francis McGillicuddy.

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While fintech firms might be innovative, agile and well-poised to help established financial services firms navigate the open banking revolution, convincing them to rely on emerging cloud and other technology requires both flexibility and salesmanship, he says.

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

  • Lessons learned from having served as an IT auditor - and now being in the hot seat;
  • The impact of the pandemic on the banking and fintech sector;
  • The importance of the cloud - including Kubernetes and containerization - for fintech firms.

McGillicuddy, a CyberEdBoard Executive Member, is Finleap's information security officer. Previously he worked as a transaction advisory services manager for Ernst & Young GmbH and an IT audit manager for security and resilience at Royal Bank of Scotland, among other roles.

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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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