Information security multiplies what we can do in the digital world. Traditionally we security professionals have been viewed as gate keepers, rule enforcers, and the people who say “no.” Even our language and iconography reflect this, using locks as symbols of what we do, phrases like “lock it down” to describe how we do our jobs, and terms such as “firewalls” to describe how we do it. However, when viewed optimistically, security can also unlock opportunities. Our profession needs to reach beyond being gatekeepers and move toward being gate openers.
Square prides itself on “finding yes” and leveraging security to open doors of access to enable economic empowerment for the world. There are many examples of how security has granted access. Fredrick Lee shines a light on the ways security has allowed the world to do more and encourages security professionals to solve the difficult problems to allow us all to say “yes.” As security practitioners, we must all seek to be force multipliers.
Fredrick “Flee” Lee is the head of information security at Square. Fredrick has a history of solving security problems for a range of organizations all the way from large enterprises (Bank of America) to small startups (Twillio) and building and leading global security teams. He specializes in application security passionate but is passionate about all things security. He also finds time to indulge in hobbies, including road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and photography.
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