Qantas hires its first CISO

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Qantas hires its first CISO

Security given greater prominence.

Qantas has appointed its first-ever chief information security officer, taking infosec out of the CTO's remit and giving it a dedicated reporting line into the CIO.

Australia's national carrier has lured industry veteran Darren Argyle from London-based data analysis firm IHS Markit to fill the newly-created position of CISO.

The airline said the importance of the IT security function meant the time was right last year to create a CISO position. It started advertising for the role last August.

When Argyle joins Qantas later this month, he will report into new CIO Susan Doniz. Argyle will relocate from London for the role.

CTO Chris Taylor, who has held responsibility for IT security until now, has been acting in the role since its creation mid-last year.

Argyle has a 20-year career in IT security with roles spanning executive positions at the likes of Symantec and IBM.

The airline also recently appointed a new cyber strategy engagement manager position, filled late last year by former Deloitte cyber security executive Celeste Lowe.

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