If cyber security were a game, it would be chess, says Jay Hira. And the Cyber Security Strategy and Transformation Director would certainly be an expert-level player.
Jay has spent 16+ years of experience at the forefront of the cyber security industry internationally, helping financial institutions and other businesses ensure all their chess pieces are in order to protect their most prized asset – data – and be more cyber resilient.
His valuable and innovative work across organisations, including E&Y, Salesforce, Accenture and KPMG, has seen Jay develop efficient and business-aligned resilience strategies that transform businesses, foster customer trust and enhance revenue security.
Jay is known for building high-performance teams and creating an inclusive culture that empowers individuals and promotes equality and well-being. Jay is a member of AISA, ISC2, ISACA, AWSN chapters and actively works with universities and educators to support students’ transitions into cyber security work.
Through mentoring students across various Unis, Jay recognised a gap in the market concerning what was being taught at Unis and what was expected on day one in the cyber security workforce.
Putting thoughts into action, Jay co-created an innovative program, Sandbox for Education with UNSW, and his non-profit organisation, MakeCyberSimple.
Sandbox for Education has been successfully running at UNSW for four years and has helped more than 500 students to date – giving them valuable experience working alongside industry practitioners and creating real cyber security solutions.
MakeCyberSimple inspires students to build sustainable, fulfilling careers, linking them with SMBs who need cyber security help.
Out of the lecture halls and boardrooms, Jay is a thought leader, sharing his expert voice across many platforms on industry challenges and how best to solve them. He’s dedicated to championing women and youth in the industry and works actively in this space.