Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Nordic CISO Community

Kristoffer Sjostrom



Kristoffer Sjöström has an international leadership background in Security Management, IT, Common Functions, and Finance, having worked operatively, tactically, and strategically in all these areas. Kristoffer has led small, specialised teams as well multi-layered units, all with global scope and broad cultural backgrounds. He joined SEB in 2021 after 17 years with Ericsson.

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

After 17 years with Ericsson, working in a number of different leadership roles in and outside of security, it was time for a change. So when SEB became an option, I decided to try something new.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Create a work environment that is diverse and safe for the team to speak their minds, while at the same time delivering value to the business and our customers.

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

Regulatory pressures and the threat landscape will grow and become more complex. Automation will be a key driving factor to keep up.

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

Be yourself and don’t pretend to know everything. Be curious and deliver on agreed objectives - if the agreed objectives turn out to be wrong, then dare to question and change them.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I have lived in 6 countries, and I travel to some countries most people never get to. 
  2. I love cycling and working in the forest.
  3. I believe I am a good cook; my kids agree most of the time.

What is the value of participating in a professional community through Evanta?

In addition to expanding my network, I am increasing my knowledge by connecting with people in similar roles to me.

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