Leadership & Executive Communication , Training & Security Leadership

Profiles in Leadership: Suren Naidoo, The Foschini Group

CISO Describes Best Practices for Securing Buy-In, Delivering Constant Innovation
Suren Naidoo, CISO, The Foschini Group

Experience as a chief enterprise architect offers excellent underpinnings for performing as a cybersecurity leader, in that both roles require creating and executing a vision, backed by stakeholder buy-in and navigating obstacles - no matter any scarcity of resources, skills or time, says Suren Naidoo, CISO of The Foschini Group.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of its Cybersecurity Leadership series, Naidoo discusses:

  • The imperative of focusing on the people ecosystem;
  • Strategies for delivering innovation despite any scarcity of resources, skills or time;
  • Working within and beyond constraints, backed by change management and leadership.

Naidoo serves as CISO of The Foschini Group, or TFG, one of the leading retail groups based in South Africa, which oversees 31 global retail brands that trade in fashion, value, jewelry, accessories, sporting apparel, cellular, homeware and furniture. Among other roles, he previously served as the first-ever chief enterprise architect for the International Monetary Fund and as an IT architecture and planning adviser for Microsoft.

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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