Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the UK & Ireland CISO Community

Don Gibson



Don Gibson is the CISO at Kinly, and Governing Body Member of the UK & Ireland CISO Community.

Learn more about the UK & Ireland CISO community here.

Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

My career timeline is as follows: desktop support, InfoSec, consultant, architecture, Head of, and finally CISO across a few companies.

In my current role, my primary focus is Incident Response, Transformation, Mental Health (& building high performing teams), and now learning the supplier side of the equation.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Honesty and helpfulness.

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CISO role going in the next 1-2 years?

Upwards with more influence.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CISO?

You are allowed to be wrong - don't assume, ask questions.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

  1. I DJ for the Cyber House Party.
  2. I'm a ranked practical shotgun shooter in the UK.
  3. Every year you will find my wife and I in Ibiza.

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