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Dawn-Marie Hutchinson

Chief Information Security Officer

CISO Dawn-Marie Hutchinson
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Focus on understanding what your business objectives are. Understand what targets the CEO is trying to hit, figure out how what you're doing aligns with hitting those metrics, and communicate cybersecurity that way. Because nobody cares about your patching metrics. Nobody.
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Transformation Journey

Dawn-Marie Hutchinson brings 20 years of enterprise information technology experience to her role as Group Chief Information Security Officer at BAT. A well-known thought leader, author, and highly sought-after speaker as an expert on crisis management, incident response, data privacy and information governance, cyber security strategy, and leadership.

She is the author of “Conversational Geek talks GDPR”- a handbook for technical professionals in navigating the General Data Protection Regulation, a guest author on “CISO Compass” and has two additional books in production. Her writing also includes the highly regarded white paper establishing standards and controls for the anonymization of patient-level data, as well as use cases for the secondary uses of medical data. She has served on the HITRUST Privacy working group responsible for revising the HITRUST Common Security Framework to include additional privacy controls and the inclusion of NIST App J recommendations.

In addition to being recognized by CSO Magazine as no. 3 in its CSO 30 rankings, she was named to Cyber Defense Magazines Top 100 Global CISOs. She has also been honoured as SC Magazine’s “8 Women to Watch,” and on the CRN Women’s Power 50 list honouring outstanding female executives prominently involved in the IT channel ecosystem for their successes and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry. Her contributions to the industry include presentations or keynotes at more than 40 conferences worldwide, including RSA, Gartner Security Summit, Net Diligence, Black Hat, IAPP, Evanta CIO, and CISO Summits, NACD and ISSA events.

She participates on several corporate and advisory boards in the information security space to help organizations go beyond technology to resolve their struggles and to work with business executives to drive innovation and deliver solutions that create real value for organizations. She hosts 20 CISO roundtables per year to help unite the security community and to facilitate conversation and drive ideas to accomplish good and additionally frequently speaks to elementary and middle school children about internet safety.

Hutchinson holds a master’s degree from the Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of New Hampshire.