Governing Body Spotlight


Co-Chair of the Nordic CISO Community

Tom Engly

CSO

Tryg

I have been the CSO/CISO of Tryg for 16 years, covering Information Security, Internal Fraud, Physical Security and Crisis Management. I have 24 years of background from Law Enforcement – the latest 6 years being a pioneer in the National Computer Crime Center (NC3). My specialty from the NC3 was hacking, forensic and Industrial Espionage.

Today, I have handed over the responsibility for Information Security to a dedicated CISO and instead focus on assisting the business with Cybercrime prevention for our customers in the SMB segment. I am still Tryg's spokesperson externally regarding Cybercrime.

I am the Chairman of the Danish Government's Business forum for Digital Security, and hold a Board position in the Danish council for Digital Security. As the chairman for the Danish CISO group for quite some years, I now hold an “honorable membership” in the same group.

Learn more about leaders in the Nordic CISO community here.
 

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

Actually, I was “headhunted” to join Tryg with the task of establishing an Internal Fraud unit, which I did in 2005. After two years, I was asked to take the position as CSO as mentioned earlier.
 

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Servant Leadership and listen to your employees – and let them come forward with suggestions. You might hear some new and valuable inputs.
 

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

The CISO role becomes more important and must rank higher to top management – especially in a time where everybody wants to digitalize, and Business and IT become one and the same. Cybercrime is after all one of – if not the most – serious risk to any company today.
 

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

Listen, listen, listen, and then act. Let security be everybody’s responsibility, and remember with a “no” comes a “but you can do ……” Also, always aim to involve top management and the board. Without their support, you will fail.
 

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I am a former military pilot, Glider pilot instructor and enjoy flying with friends in a small Piper today.
  2. I enjoy fishing from my own boat.
  3. And the latest – I bought myself a 1965 MGB sports car –  a man my age must live out dreams.


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

From day one, I saw that this community and the sessions held were among the best I have seen. There is a true understanding of “sharing is caring,” which is needed if we should stay put with the cybercriminals.

 


 

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