Profiles in Leadership: Mario Demarillas

CISO Discusses Changing Security Culture in Organizations
Mario Demarillas, CISO, Exceture

Mario Demarillas, CISO and head of IT consulting and software engineering at Exceture, in the Philippines, strikes a balance between securing his organization and its business offering in security.

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What takes priority?

"When customers engage with service providers, they look at companies who aside from providing the service are also implementing it well," says Demarillas. As a CISO, he ensures built-in security from the start, he says. "We do not release products that do not pass our own security tests."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of its RSA Conference 2021 coverage and part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Demarillas discusses:

  • Balancing business with his security responsibilities as a CISO;
  • His top priorities as a CISO;
  • Insight for up-and-coming security practitioners.

Demarillas is a member of the board of directors, CISO and head of IT consulting and software engineering at Exceture Inc., based in Manila, Philippines. He has over 20 years of professional experience in information systems and internal audit, fraud examination, information and cybersecurity, data privacy and IT governance consulting with financial institutions, audit firms and IT consulting companies.

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About the Author

Varun Haran

Varun Haran

Managing Director, Asia & Middle East, ISMG

Haran has been a technology journalist in the Indian market for over six years, covering the enterprise technology segment and specializing in information security. He has driven multiple industry events such as the India Computer Security Conferences (ICSC) and the first edition of the Ground Zero Summit 2013 during his stint at UBM. Prior to joining ISMG, Haran was first a reporter with TechTarget writing for SearchSecurity and SearchCIO; and later, correspondent with InformationWeek, where he covered enterprise technology-related topics for the CIO and IT practitioner.

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