Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Sergio De Oliveira

Senior Information Security Analyst


I am currently focusing on supporting our organization to reach its goals by reducing security vulnerabilities that would impact systems availability. As my current organization operates in 30 countries on 4 continents, with a revenue of over $35 billion annually, and handling heavy equipment and structure that could cause extensive damage, it becomes an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Having been in the information security field for the past 15 years, my current primary mission is to lead evolving internal practices of our secure development lifecycles for a portfolio of nearly 1,000 systems worldwide through the implementation of policies and procedures and culture shift.

My previous engagements in information security and IT, in general, include global organizations in asset management, pharmaceutical, and technology services, and I currently hold certifications such as CISM, CSSLP, CISSP, among others.

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

While attending an information technology program, I took a course on information security and obtained an initial security certification, Security +. From then on, I took a particular interest in the field by learning security tools and test labs, and it is a field that only grows year after year; I decided to stick with it. 

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Leadership through collaboration and serving.

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

Though not being a CISO myself, but on a CISO-supporting role, I see CISOs needing to look closer at how the use of blockchain can change how businesses operate, helping the business think whether the use of blockchain technology aligns with its strategic objectives and how to prepare for attacks against this new technology.


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

Find a mentor who can teach you the ropes, pitfalls, expectations, etc. Learn from someone else’s mistakes. 


Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. Dedicated Christian. I consider work as a temporary means to support my financial responsibilities, support others in need, and to contribute to our society.
  2. Avid reader, reading 3 to 4 books simultaneously in diverse areas of life.
  3. As a hobby, classical guitar player who enjoys fishing and water activities.


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

  • Meeting extremely intelligent and capable individuals who go through the same challenges and experiences in the information security arena.

  • Learning how these individuals handle similar issues from their point-of-view.

  • Getting to meet awesome individuals whose goal is to make this world a better place to live.



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