Get to know Bobby Ford, HPE’s Chief Security Officer

FEBRUARY 22, 2023 • Q&A

             

Learning more about Bobby's career path, his advice for others, and what he does in his down time

Leading the charge to ensure HPE’s digital and physical assets are always protected is his primary job. Being passionate about football and a stickler for designer shoes is part of his alter-ego.


We had a chance to catch up with Bobby and get to know him a little better. 

What is the best thing about working in IT security?

Information security, or cybersecurity, is a really cool field. It’s an industry that's been around for more than 30 years, and it's still at the beginning. It is fast-paced and continually evolving, so there is always more that we need to understand.  This is also why companies continue to invest heavily in IT security.

What advice would you have for someone who wants to get into IT security?

I would say understand how truly broad a topic it is and don't be intimidated by the technical aspects of it.  When you think of cybersecurity, you shouldn't immediately think tech. There are different functions and so many different roles that exist in cybersecurity, and not all of them are deeply technical.

What excites you about working in this field, specifically at HPE?

I believe that we are truly transforming the way people consume and view technology. Being at HPE, we are helping an entire industry transform. Very rarely do you get an opportunity to be part of something this big, and I'm thankful to be here.

What drives you as a chief security officer?

The opportunity to protect our data, to protect our assets, and essentially, to protect our business, is what drives me. People tend to think that security is synonymous with defense. I love that theory because if you are a sports fan, you already know that defense wins the championships.

You’re a self-proclaimed designer shoe aficionado. Tell us more.

I love fashion. I think it stems from my parents.  They were into fashion and made sure we always looked our best at church, the first day of school, and other big events. So, it stuck with me, especially shoes.  I think the most significant part of anyone's fashion is their shoes, and I can tell a lot about an individual based on their shoe game.

I knew I was supposed to be at HPE the first time I met Antonio Neri because his shoe game is flawless. 

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