Spotlight on leadership and cybersecurity in changing times

Metin Mitchell, Managing Partner, and guest contributors

Insights


Dare we say it? What makes a great executive search firm?
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:12

Dare we say it? What makes a great executive search firm?

Written by Metin Mitchell

I close this series of blogs with probably the most risky one of all. Previously, I have written about being a great executive search candidate and about being a great executive search client. Here I will explore what in my opinion it takes to be a great executive search partner. No doubt I will be held to account for these views for years to come – so, like all good consultants, I shall quickly caveat, and say that I shall talk in ideals and recognize that I amongst all, fall short of these ideals rather more than I would like…

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How to be a great executive search … client!
Monday, 23 July 2018 11:13

How to be a great executive search … client!

Written by Metin Mitchell

 

I can hear  the reactions already, “the cheek of that fellow at MM&CO, telling us how to be a great client – doesn’t he get it, that he and people like him are there to do what we say and find us great executive candidates?!  It’s not up to him to tell us how to behave!”

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Inside secrets to being a great candidate for an executive search firm
Monday, 09 July 2018 14:35

Inside secrets to being a great candidate for an executive search firm

Written by Metin Mitchell

“It’s your job to find my husband a job,” cried out the rather petulant voice calling me long distance from Hong Kong. Today I have no recollection of that lady’s husband, just of the shrill admonition that came down the phone line a few years back. I have thought of it often for it sums up so much and so often what ‘candidates’ seem to think that we, as executive search professionals are in business to do.

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Cybersecurity skills shortage – we are trying to solve the wrong problem
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:00

Cybersecurity skills shortage – we are trying to solve the wrong problem

Written by Metin Mitchell

There is a global shortage of cybersecurity skills, yet cybersecurity is the fastest growing and most pressing business issue for most corporates.

In all the solutions offered to solve this problem, I don’t believe they are going to help corporates within the timeframes needed – and actually I don’t think they willl solve the fundamental problem.
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Banking on the Private Cloud: The Pros and Cons
Thursday, 10 May 2018 08:21

Banking on the Private Cloud: The Pros and Cons

Written by Raef Meeuwisse

Guest blog by Raef Meeuwisse, passionate about cyber, AI, keynote speaker, CISO consultancy and author of numerous cybersecurity publications, including the highly successful title ‘Cybersecurity for Beginners’.

Did you ever imagine there would be a time when a CEO could lose their job or bonus due simply to a technical issue? In the past week, the CEO of TSB, a major UK bank has come under intense personal pressure to relinquish his bonus and potentially step down from his role.
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When and Why Clouds Go Wrong
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:56

When and Why Clouds Go Wrong

Written by Raef Meeuwisse

Guest blog by Raef Meeuwisse, passionate about cyber, AI, keynote speaker, CISO consultancy and author of numerous cybersecurity publications, including the highly successful title ‘Cybersecurity for Beginners’.

Have you ever stopped to consider just how many of the technologies in our lives (and in our businesses) depend on public cloud computing?

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The growing shortage of cybersecurity talent – how bad is it?
Monday, 26 March 2018 13:56

The growing shortage of cybersecurity talent – how bad is it?

Written by Metin Mitchell

This year I am delighted that we have launched our cybersecurity practice to help our clients address one of their most critical issues, that of assessing and sourcing cybersecurity talent.

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Saudi women – inspiring, leaning in and driving change
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:31

Saudi women – inspiring, leaning in and driving change

Written by Metin Mitchell

I have just finished attending the Women in Leadership Economic Forum in Riyadh and come away full of enthusiasm and optimism for what is going on in Saudi Arabia and the future for its very bright women.

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Does diversity drive innovation?
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:08

Does diversity drive innovation?

Written by Metin Mitchell

I am delighted to be on a panel next week, at the WIL Economic Forum in Riyadh, speaking on ‘Diversity drives Innovation – here’s why it works’. 

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2018 Trends in Hacking and Cybersecurity
Monday, 05 March 2018 09:35

2018 Trends in Hacking and Cybersecurity

Written by Raef Meeuwisse

Guest blog by Raef Meeuwisse, passionate about cyber, AI, keynote speaker, CISO consultancy and author of numerous cybersecurity publications, including the highly successful title ‘Cybersecurity for Beginners’.

According to a survey last year (the Fortinet Global Threat Report 2017), over 90% of organizations had experienced at least one attack that used a vulnerability that was over 3 years old. In that same report, it mentions that almost no attacks at all rely on zero day* threats.

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Two Thirds of Middle East Bank CEOs at Risk of Losing Jobs According to Metin Mitchell Research
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:30

Two Thirds of Middle East Bank CEOs at Risk of Losing Jobs According to Metin Mitchell Research

Written by Metin Mitchell

News release
14 February 2018

Two thirds of bank chief executives (71%) in the Middle East could be at risk of losing their jobs because they are not managing cybersecurity risks effectively.

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71% of Middle East bank CEOs at risk of losing their jobs
Monday, 12 February 2018 12:43

71% of Middle East bank CEOs at risk of losing their jobs

Written by Metin Mitchell

It used to be said that the only certainties in life were death and taxes. To this grim list a third is now added: you will be victim to a cyberattack. No company, no organization, no individual is immune.

The quickest way for a CEO to lose his or her job is to be ill prepared for an attack. How well a CEO prepares and how well their team deals with a cyberattack will all determine whether the CEO gets to keep their job when the bank is attacked.

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