David Fairman

David Fairman

Chief Security Officer - APAC
Netskope

David Fairman is an experienced CSO/CISO, strategic advisory, investor and coach.

David has extensive experience in the global financial services sector. David is currently the APAC CSO for Netskope, helping customers manage their digital and cyber risk programs in addition to working across industry with the aim of making the digital economy a safer place to do business. At NAB, David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) owning all aspects of Physical Security, Fraud, Investigations and Cyber Security. Prior to NAB, he was the Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Royal Bank of Canada. David has been a senior leader at JP Morgan Chase & Co as Deputy Technology Controls Officer and Global Head of Technology Risk and Control. David has also held several senior roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), including CISO RBS Americas and Head of Information Security EMEA.

David has lived and worked in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.

David was raised and educated in Australia where he received his Bachelor of Information Technology in Software Engineering and Computer Science. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Project Management. David began his career in Information Security while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force’s Electronic Warfare and Communications group, where he gained valuable experience in the technology, policy and process aspects of security and risk management. Subsequently, David worked in a variety of roles in technology and cyber, including in the utilities sector (gas and electricity).

David holds a number of positions on boards of directors and was a founding member of the Security Advisor Alliance (www.securityadvisoralliance.org), and the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange. During his tenure at NAB, David was the Chair for the Board of Directors for the Australian Financial Crimes Exchange and spear headed the formation of a taskforce involving the big 4 banks, AFP, ASD and ACSC to detect and disrupt cyber-crime impacting Australia. David also advises a number of VC funds and Cyber Security companies.

In 2015, David was named as one of the Top 10 CISOs to know, http://www.informationmanagement.

com/gallery/Chief-Information-Security-Officer-CISO-List-Trends-10027134-1.html and is seen as a thought leader in the cyber security industry as profiled by K-Logix here, https://www.klogixsecurity.com/blog/david-fairman-ciso-royal-bank-of-canada.

David co-authored “Cyber Risk” (2016), and co-edited “Fintech: Growth and Deregulation” (2018) published by Risk Books.

David is passionate about education. He has held Adjunct Professorships at both the University of New York and the University of Toronto and is currently working with Deakin University in Australia.

David currently resides in both Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.

Appearing at
FST Gov Australia 2021
3 November 2022
  • National Convention Centre Canberra
While the COVID-19 pandemic and persisting ramifications of the Victoria bushfires forced the Australian Government to deliver a swift pivot to digital for citizens to access information, support and solutions about their lives and livelihoods, it was an opportunity to...
Dealing with the Data Explosion Problem in a Zero Trust World
25 November 2021
How are organization’s dealing with exponential growth of data? How are they implementing data governance programs and can they keep up with the volume and pace of the data growth? Do they know what data is most valuable, not just...
Dealing with the Data Explosion Problem in a Zero Trust World
28 October 2021
How are organization’s dealing with exponential growth of data? How are they implementing data governance programs and can they keep up with the volume and pace of the data growth? Do they know what data is most valuable, not just...