By @SimonCocking. Interesting interview with Ramses Gallego,  Strategist & Evangelist, Office of the CTO, Symantec, Associate Professor IE Business School. You can see him speaking at FutureScope on May 10th, and you can buy tickets here.

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1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I work as Strategist & Evangelist at the Office of the CTO at Symantec and I am honoured to be an Associate Professor for IE Business School. I am proud to be able to say that I have been the International Vice President at the Board of Directors of ISACA and Immediate Past President of the Barcelona Chapter. On average, I visit and present in 25 different countries every year talking about change, the future, cybersecurity, emerging technology, privacy, assurance and more. I have flown almost two million kilometres, which actually equates to 30 laps of the earth; educating, informing, inspiring.

How was the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

What worked well was the sharing of information, the discoveries around what impacts society and how we, altogether, can overcome the challenges presented by technology, especially now that we live in the ‘Cloud Generation.’ Where there is room for improvement, is in the speed of acting against cybercrime and how we can beat cybercriminals. I believe that only with the right mindset, the right investments and the willingness to help, will we succeed. I also think that investments in critical assets, such as education and awareness, are instrumental for success.

What are your plans for the future?

To keep sharing insights from around the globe, to continue informing and discussing the fundamental differences between management and governance, strategy and tactics, metrics and indicators. The understanding of business and the environments they live, in will save the day. The comprehension of the three natural states for data; data at rest, data in motion and data in use, will be critical for protecting healthcare information, credit card data and financial documents. I will keep investing my time, energy and passion on the one and only truth in cybersecurity; protecting and defending. There is nothing else.

What will you be talking about at this event?

I am preparing the session for everybody to embrace a shift in perception about; when security became cybersecurity. We are living through times that require us all to adapt and adopt, to design new strategies and use different tactics. The time has come for us all to embrace change… as a constant, to understand that everything changes at the speed of light and that flexibility and adaptability is a necessity. My session is about the future of NOW and I will be showing some disruptive technologies to prove it.

What inspired you to attend it?

As a futurist, if I may say, I had to be at FutureScope. This is the event to attend in Ireland if one wants to see what is beyond. Both through my work at Symantec as a representative of IE Business School, I wanted to participate in a second-to-none event, where the future will be happening, or at least be discussed. I had to be here.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

There are a number of sources that I use in my day-to-day. I closely follow what my colleagues at Symantec Labs are doing since they work at 3, 5, 7 years of distance. I am also reading a lot of diverse publication being produced from universities like Stanford, Harvard, IE Business School of course and websites that address things of the future. I am also a subscriber of WIRED magazine and that helps.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

I am very active on Twitter, follow me @ramsesgallego, and I regularly post things that make people think. As I am presenting around the world, there are videos on all of my my sessions. I will be more than happy to be contacted and get in touch through Twitter and LinkedIn.


Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

I feel honoured from the recognitions I have had around the world and this is why I want to give back to the communities I feel I serve. I have had the US flag flown at The Capitol (Washington DC) in my honor and I have been named ‘Privacy by Design Ambassador’ by the Government of Ontario, Canada. My ISACA roles, after being International Vice President on the Board of Directors, I am a member of the Advisory Council of ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ have helped me to craft a career that spans from governance and privacy to technology, business Strategy and processes. I am proud of my amazing family who understand and support all my travels around the world, since they know I do them with passion, energy and commitment.


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