Access Management , COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management

Unilever CISO on Security Priorities for Remote Workforce

Bobby Ford on the Importance of Email Security and IAM
Bobby Ford, CISO, Unilever

Bobby Ford, CISO of Unilever, a multinational consumer goods firm, says the shift to a work-from-home environment requires an intensified focus on email security as well as identity and access management.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, he discusses optimization of administrative and technical controls. “I like to take a layered approach to technical controls,” he says. “You want to make sure you’re baselining and blocking at the network layer. When you get deviations from the baseline, you need to dig a bit deeper. ... Then you need to make sure you have the right email protections at the endpoints.”

In the interview, Ford also discusses:

  • Why email security is still one of the weakest links in the security chain;
  • How organizations should review their approach to identity and access management;
  • The growing importance of CASB technology;
  • How organizations can achieve a passwordless environment.

Before joining Unilever as CISO, Ford was the CISO at Abbott Labs, a global life sciences company. Before that, he worked in the aerospace and defense industries. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, he was an information security analyst for the Pentagon Computer Incident Response Team.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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