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Profiles in Leadership: Jack Leidecker

Former Pen Tester Remains Close to Tech Community, Tools
Jack Leidecker, chief information security officer, Gong

He started his cybersecurity career as a pen tester. As a result, Gong CISO Jack Leidecker retains an affinity for the tech community and emerging tools. He shares insight on this passion and his drive to ensure security’s role in business enablement.

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In this video interview with ISMG, as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Leidecker discusses:

  • His path to becoming a CISO;
  • How he remains close to technology;
  • What happens when security falls short of enabling the business.

At Gong, Leidecker is responsible for all things related to security and compliance. He has over 20 years of experience in this area, having built global information security teams and programs at several large international organizations. He believes in trying to help expand diversity in security with the Hispanic community, being a former intern with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the son of an immigrant from Honduras. Jack started in security doing penetration testing and remediation in the late '90s and moved into building security teams to be able to respond better to threats. Prior to joining the Gong, he rebuilt the security engineering and operations functions for Teradata. He was also the first vice president of information security for Digital Realty Trust, building the security program for the largest data center provider. Before that, he held multiple positions building security and compliance programs across technology and financial verticals.

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About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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