Susie Costa

Senior Vice President, Head of Security Management, SMBC

Over the course of nearly 10 years’ experience in Executive leadership (the culmination of some 20 years in security and risk management), I have developed a professional practice incorporating leadership of key teams and departments, operationalisation of local, regional and global compliance requirements, and oversight of major change programs.

My mandate as Director, Information Security Cyber Defence and Director, Enterprise Security, Risk and Compliance for the Asia Pacific operations of multinational payments giant has been to build a coherent and efficient regional function, aligned with the governance regimes of each country and the organisation’s global strategy. I did this by focussing initially on building a high-performing and collaborative team across a large region, but since the team has been well-established I have implemented sweeping reforms based on a centralised model of security and compliance.

In addition, for the last 12 years I have been an active member of APCA (via the TSWG Group) providing subject matter expertise to the Payments Industry forum, contributing to development of industry guidelines and sitting on review committees to evaluate payment products against Australian standards.