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BlackBerry CIO on Mobile Security, BYOD and the Modern CIO Role

Al Sacco | Oct. 11, 2012
Research In Motion (RIM) CIO Robin Bienfait is not your typical CIO.

I've spoken with quite a few CIOs during the past years, and to be honest, I haven't spoken with too many high-profile female CIOs. What does it mean to be a woman in job role that's largely dominated by men?

I think it's an asset to be a woman, because I do bring a different perspective, and maybe I think about things a little bit differently. But I wasnt brought to the table to add that diversity element. It just so happens we get it for free. I'm from a family of seven, and I was taught at a very early that if you're going to eat, you have to be at the table. I haven't missed a lot of meals. (Laughs) I can be a little assertive on occasion.

" I think it's an asset to be a woman, because I do bring a different perspective, and maybe I think about things a little bit differently. But I wasnt brought to the table to add that diversity element. "

Robin Bienfait

Will RIM be able to keep its edge over competitors when it comes to enterprise mobile security in the future?

I believe RIM will keep its edge. Security is part of your DNA. When you bake it into everything you do, and the way you handle processes, the way you communicate, you design with security in mind first. Security is not an add-on for us. It's in our products and in our processes. That's our heritage. That's our legacy, and we will continue raising the bar.

What else do you want to tell my CIO.com readers? What should CIOs be thinking about that I didn't ask?

I've heard people talk about how the CIO job is going away. I think the CIO job is changing. The role is changing. But I don't believe it's going away. I think the CIO is going to be somebody who needs to be helping to drive the business, find new channels for revenue and figure out ways not just to reach your employees but to reach your business's end users.

 

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