David Higgins

David Higgins

Chief Information Security Officer & Head of Technology Operational Risk & Compliance

David is an information & cyber security leader who is passionate about helping organisations create resilient digital environments and thriving security cultures across their digital lives.

As Kiwibank’s CISO & Head of Tech Op Risk & Compliance, David’s work helps to secure New Zealand’s largest domestic bank in one of cybercrime’s most targeted industries around the world. Success depends on innovation, collaboration, and a thriving security-conscious culture across the breadth of the organisation.

Having been in incident response since the Y2K bug was set to impact banking and financial services around the world, David has seen his fair share of war rooms, but undeniably most of his meaningful crisis management experience comes from parenthood.


Appearing at
Future Security Auckland
23 June 2022
  • Cordis Auckland
Going into 2022, cyber-attacks remain the most difficult threat and risk in the financial services industry despite significant advances by the sector to boost cyber defence, vigilance and resilience. Cybercriminals are still one step ahead of the game, increasing the...
19 August 2020
  • Virtual Conference
Strengthening Defences and Data Protection New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy 2019 has highlighted how collaboration between individuals, businesses and communities is crucial to securing New Zealand’s digital economy and growth. As the financial services industry faces increasingly complex and modernised...