At a Glance
Matthew Rosenquist, Chief Information Security Officer, Eclipz
Focus Areas: Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Privacy, Business Strategy
Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: Matthew Rosenquist
Thinkers360 Leaderboards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Smart Cities (February 2021), Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cryptocurrency (December 2020), Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Business Strategy (December 2020)
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Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with Matthew Rosenquist, Chief Information Security Officer at Eclipz. Matthew brings over 30 years of extensive experience in the field of Consulting, from the fields of Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Privacy, and Business Strategy. As an active keynote speaker, Matthew brings to audiences advice on how to improve their security. Recently, he founded the Cybersecurity Insights YouTube channel that covers interesting industry events and topics.
Matthew was named as a Top 10 Technology Voice in 2018 by LinkedIn and has a very active following of over 180k professionals. He was recently featured in the Thinkers360 article Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Smart Cities (February 2021) as well as Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cryptocurrency (December 2020).
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
MR: I am the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Eclipz, formerly a Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corp, and I benefit from 30+ diverse years in the fields of cyber, physical, and information security. I have built security organizations, managed world-class operations centers, led crisis response teams, developed cybersecurity strategies and products for hardware/firmware/software, and established industry processes and methodologies for risk assessment, valuation, and management.
As a member of over a dozen advisory boards and collaborator with industry consulting organizations, I promote best practices, leadership, and provide insights on emerging risks and opportunities to global academic, business, and government audiences.
I specialize in security strategy, measuring value, developing best practices for cost-effective capabilities, and establishing organizations that deliver optimal levels of cybersecurity, privacy, ethics, and safety. I actively communicate and collaborate across the business, information technology, and cybersecurity domains. As an experienced keynote speaker, author, and researcher, I work with industry thought-leaders to tackle pressing problems on a wide range of cybersecurity topics.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
MR: I oversee the cybersecurity risk management program for Eclipz, a software company that provides unique IP for customers to enhance their products with an elegant and robust End-to-End secure communications capability. In this role, I both protect the company and influence our technology optimization for different usages that benefit customers globally.
As part of my Advisory Board roles and consulting activities, I work with teams to help address risk management challenges and deliver valuable security capabilities across technology, processes, and behaviors.
Lastly, I am passionate about solving significant problems, challenging the status quo, and exploring ways the entire cybersecurity community can work cohesively to make meaningful improvements.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
MR: I find the challenges, ambiguity, intelligent adversaries, and chaotic environment to be the most exciting aspects of cybersecurity leadership. There is always something or someone that needs assistance. Every moment there are new problems, opportunities to gain insights, necessary adaptations to evolving tactics of the opposition, and emerging risks to manage. No two days are the same.
I am steadfast in my goal of profoundly contributing to the trustworthiness of digital technology, specifically enhancing its security, privacy, and safety. Providing crucial building blocks is foundational in meeting the world’s expectations for digital solutions. Working with the amazing Eclipz team and technology to make the world’s communications and transactions much more secure and private is hugely satisfying.
Apart from being a CISO, my contributions extend to help advance global aspects of cybersecurity. I advise on cyber ethics, work with organizations to better manage risks, and showcase cybersecurity as a catalyst for new business opportunities. I work with academia to build standards and programs to prepare the next generation of professionals, as well as staffing and service leaders to provide superior talent for clients. I find contributing to strategic challenges in the industry to be very fulfilling.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
MR: Thinkers360 is a great platform for bringing together the people and content from thought-leaders across the industry. It is the first to provide a ranking of people who are meaningfully contributing to the community. Rather than being based on tweets or social likeability, scoring focuses on deeper involvement, as measured by articles, interviews, blogs, academic work, patents, multimedia, and other valuable engagements.
I collaborate with many of my Thinkers360 peers and leverage the platform in combination with LinkedIn to engage with my 190k followers, who are professionals in their fields. Thinkers360 rankings have amplified my visibility, contributions, and ability to influence the cybersecurity industry.
Editor’s Note: See Matthew’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
MR: I am a strategic thinker by nature. I enjoy the challenge of keeping digital technology trustworthy. It supports continued innovation and adoption that connects and enriches everyone’s lives. If organizations or leaders are seeking cybersecurity advisement on industry best practices, emerging risks, business opportunities, or successful innovation that will benefit their risk management, simply reach out.
I often receive messages on LinkedIn or via email asking for insights, consultation, to engage a specific audience, or just to kick-around some ideas. I speak to boards about cyber risk, work with C-suites to understand how cybersecurity enhances business opportunities, with fellow CISO’s on best risk mitigation practices, to vendors on developing valuable products, and to businesses about cyber-ethics and emerging technologies. I connect with audiences, via conferences, private engagements, webcasts, blogs, articles, research papers, news stories, and as a keynote presenter, to communicate the risks and relevance of cybersecurity in ways that resonate with their perspective.
Ultimately, we are all on the same side, working against those who would undermine trust in our digital world. Let’s work together!
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
MR: Don’t be afraid to share your ideas, communicate, and collaborate with colleagues. You can have the best idea, but if you don’t share it with others, it will never be realized. Be bold. Work with others to explore and solve major problems. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – Shedd
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