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Profiles in Leadership: Karin Höne

Barloworld CISO on Balancing Asset Protection and Business Enablement
Karin Höne, group chief information security and risk officer, Barloworld and CyberEdBoard executive member

Successful information security and risk management programs require not just mastering those disciplines but also helping businesses to answer the question: "Are we safe?"

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So says information security veteran Karin Höne, who's the group chief information security and risk officer of South Africa-based multinational Barloworld. She says her passion is to always make security accessible, specifically to the board of directors and senior managers, because they're the ones who will be accountable for the business decisions they make based on the information and recommendations she shares.

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

  • How the information security and risk disciplines continue to evolve;
  • How working for a consultancy benefits a CISO's career progression;
  • Strategies for making security accessible to both end users and the board and for reporting board-level communications.

Höne is responsible for the guidance, guardrails and oversight of the IT security and risk discipline and strategy within the Barloworld group of companies and the execution of the operational IT security and risk strategy within some of the Barloworld operations. Prior to joining Barloworld, she held positions at companies including Gensec Bank, Ernst & Young, UBank and the Financial Services Board.

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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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