Head of Information Risk and Security, Zurich Financial Serivices

When I started the Master of Business and Technology (MBT) at UTS I was a Senior Security Analyst working in a large private sector organisation. I had a genuine interest in understanding how the business - which I was being asked to secure – worked with Information security; what the business language meant; how business strategy was created; and what the business results meant to my role and my place within the organisation.

I was able to take ownership of a multi-million dollar regional project and turn it into a strategic capability. I was able to execute this thanks to the education I received through the MBT. The alignment of business and technology helped transform this tactical issue into a long term strategic advantage. It is this alignment, between technology and business, which sits at the core of this degree.

Later in my degree I was able to successfully implement an organisational change program, at a different organisation, through the practical application of the knowledge provided as part of this Masters program. The nature of the change was technical. However, the execution of the change required a business organisational transformation. Again, the alignment of technology and business drove the success of the change program. Each subject provided me with new insight and new tools that I was able to leverage and use in my work environment - having this knowledge really was a game changer. This knowledge allowed me to speak naturally with business and technology executives. It was in this paradigm that I could look at technology as a business enabler, and always look to maximise the value of technological investment for the enterprise

I am now responsible for regional and global Information Security programs, travelling the world, and really adding business value through Information Security. I say without hesitation, that the MBT program has been pivotal to my success as an IT leader. I will forever be thankful for the knowledge, the community, and the friends which I have as a result of this program. Thanks to Associate Professor Ken Dovey and the team, for really making a difference a positive, life changing experience.