It’s no secret that the global tech sector is advancing at an astonishingly rapid pace – not least in relation to the now integral role of digital transformation in spearheading growth and success. But no matter the size or scope or your organisation – or how sophisticated your innovation strategy is – the only way to drive significant change is to leverage the power of people.

So, to champion some of the industry’ finest talent, and gain some insight into the minds of individuals from across the tech space, we’re inviting friends and partners of the business to take part in our quickfire Q&A.

Up next, it’s Greg Gyves, Business Manager, MSSP - EMEA at Fortinet

Tell us about your role at Fortinet and the part you play in the tech sector.

Fortinet is the world’s leading cyber security company, and we help a range of organisations – from the smallest micro businesses to the world’s largest enterprises and governments – to securely accelerate their digital journey.

All my time in the last 10 years at Fortinet has been dedicated to supporting the growth of our MSP and MSSP partner community, as well as helping them build new and incremental recurring revenue streams from managed security services.

What innovation was the turning point for your organisation, to get it to where you are now?

A significant turning point was the introduction of the Fortinet Security Fabric vision – which has existed for almost a decade now, and helps deliver broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface.

This is a strategic approach most recently validated by Gartner, with the introduction of their cyber security mesh architecture (CSMA).

And where’s next for your business?

Fortinet has several strategic growth engines in different technology areas – driven in a large part by the increasing volume and variety of sophisticated cyberthreats, the shift to working from anywhere, and the convergence of network and security.

Our key priority areas are continuing our growth in network firewall and Secure SD-WAN, along with SASE and ZTNA, to accelerate the digital transformation of our customers. We’re also keen to further develop comprehensive products and solutions to secure operational technology (OT) environments, as we see a rising volume of attacks that are targeting these traditionally isolated environments.

The biggest misconception faced by the tech sector is…

That it’s an industry for men and that you have to be technical to succeed. While it is true that there are few women working in the field of cybersecurity, and even fewer if we only consider engineering positions, I don’t think it’s necessarily more difficult for them to enter this space. We should collectively make it more balanced by hiring a greater number of women, to bring diversity as well as help to address the global skills shortage.

What do you think will be the biggest tech trend over the next 12 months?

Although the trend will span longer than 12 months, there is a continued convergence of IT and OT, where there is a requirement to leverage previously unconnected operational networks by connecting them to the cloud, and in turn the IT network.

There is a significant addressable opportunity in OT security, and we believe we are well placed to take advantage of this fast-growing trend.

What top tip would you give to an individual trying to excel in their tech career?

Don’t stand still – it’s equivalent to falling behind. Constantly looking for ways to push beyond your comfort zone is crucial to keep up with the pace of the industry.

The next purchase on my personal tech wish list is…?

A Peloton exercise bike – I love the idea of that immersive experience from the comfort of your own home.

And what is your earliest memory of tech in your life?

Probably a Commodore VIC 20, that I think was originally given to my older brother. It was later superseded by the Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, before we became a Nintendo house instead.

What is one longstanding piece of tech you are shocked is still used today?

Well, I’m shocked my wife still forces me to keep the Blu Ray player (not that I can remember the last time we used it!), against my best efforts to stick it in the bin. If anyone reading this actually still uses a DVD or Blu Ray player, then I am shocked!

If you are without the internet for an hour, what would be the first activity you resort to, to pass the time?

I imagine it would be a game of football in the house or in the garden with my two boys, aged 10 and 5. They are both mad for the sport and any ‘unconnected’ activity usually involves a football.

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