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Leaders' questions & answers

Dani Michaux, head of Cyber Security, addresses some of the most topical questions in tech, posed by Hannah O'Brien of the Sunday Business Post.

1. What can be learned from recent data breaches and privacy scandals?

Over the past few months we have seen bigger requirements for transparency and accountability in relation to privacy and cyber security. Organisations around the globe and their executives are being held to account for data and privacy breaches and there is even more focus on ensuring that security and privacy are built within the design and also broader ecosystems and supply chains. 

2. What has been the most disruptive force in tech in the last ten years?

I would say connectivity (from 3, 3.5G-5G), mobile phones and social media, and the ability to reach billions of people around the world. 

3. Are you happy/worried about how tech focused the world has become?

No, I am not worried about how tech focused the world has become, as long as technology continues to be used in positive ways. Over the past few years, we have seen many negative impacts from the use of technology. However, I believe that, with a little extra effort, we can ensure that the future of technology is more human- and social-centric, focusing on its ability to create a better social environment.

4. What is Ireland's biggest asset in relation to tech?

The people - Ireland’s biggest asset for tech is having the youngest population in Europe as well as a unique entrepreneurial spirit and R&D focus. 

5. What advice would you give your younger self?

Be curious, keep learning and re-learning, don’t be afraid to take risks, explore the new tech world and make bold choices, travel and be a global citizen.

6. Name a leader in tech you most respect/would like to emulate?

Elon Musk and Jack Ma -  people from completely different backgrounds, but who shaped the world in different ways. 

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Business Post, and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

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