Telstra searches for new security chief

Telstra CISO Mike Burgess will depart finish his time at the telco in early November

Telstra’s chief information security officer, Mike Burgess, will depart the telco on 4 November.

Burgess has been Telstra’s CISO for three years. A spokesperson for the telco said that the security executive has “decided to explore new opportunities”.

“During his time at Telstra Mike established proven and effective security capabilities that play a critical role in keeping our customers data safe and our networks secure,” the spokesperson said.

“Mike is leaving Telstra with the right strategy and capabilities developed and implemented – and as company, we will continue to build on these.

“We wish Mike every success in the years to come,” the spokesperson said. The telco will be conducting an international search for Burgess’ successor.

In August, the telco revealed that its chief information officer and head of its cloud business, Erez Yarkoni, would be leaving. In addition, Charlotte Yarkoni, head of the Telstra Software Group and a co-founder of the company's startup accelerator muru-D, departed.

Earlier this year Telstra’s chief operations officer, Kate McKenzie, called it quits after 12 years at the telco. The telco also lost its chief technology officer, Vish Nandlall, after allegations about the accuracy of his CV.

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