The information security professional is on the rise

Rodrigo Jorge is the new CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at VTEX, a position that should be increasingly common in times of cyber attacks

With 29 years of experience in information security, privacy and technology, Rodrigo Jorge is the new CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at the Brazilian technology multinational VTEX. The area takes over at a time of high risk of compromising information security in companies. “The negative effects resulting from fraud, leaks and invasions are increasingly visible, affecting the lives of customers and bringing losses of all kinds.”

Gartner, a research and advisory firm for businesses, has raised awareness of the problem through a new global study. According to advice, approx 88% of corporate boards consider cybersecurity a business risk and not just a technical IT problem. Therefore, according to the executive, a security specialist is important at this time to ensure that every company’s business is protected.

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Forbes: What does the role of Chief Information Security Officer involve?

Rodrigo Jorge: My mission is to lead information security at VTEX, with the aim of ensuring as successful a business as possible, based on risk management, education of our people and creation of a healthy security culture. Among various activities, we highlight obtaining PCI-DSS, SOC 2 Type 2, ISO 27001 certificates, continuous improvement of the security of our platform through improvements and creation of new functionalities. Finally, we need to know the entire realm of existing threats to reduce the likelihood of breaches and fraud.

F: What qualities are you looking for in a professional in your field today?

RJ: The professionals we want must have a very comprehensive view of risks and threats, ease of learning, commitment to teamwork and be self-taught. Security professionals must take responsibility for total oversight of the entire company, not just their specific area of ​​expertise.

F: How have your previous experiences helped you get to this point in your career?

RJ: I have always dedicated myself to the maximum, starting as an intern, passing through the field of computer maintenance, network installation, system development, etc., all the way to management and today directly in the field of security.

F: What do you recommend to someone who wants to get to a C-Level position in a big company?

RJ: A lot of work, dedication and vision far beyond technique. Despite my experience and technical background, I graduated in Business Administration to better understand my role as an IT specialist in companies, what my mission is and how I can help the business.

F: How did your training help you in your career? What do you recommend to a professional in your field today?

RJ: I started playing with computers at the age of 8, and today, at 45, I see that children’s play has become my profession. I was always looking for courses and certifications, participating in events and creating and maintaining a strong relationship in the security field with people from all over the national and international market. Professionals need to get out of their closed boxes and really look outside and connect, as they are part of the community in their fields of activity and interest.

F: What would you like to hear earlier in your career?

RJ: I had a career that was not planned too much at the beginning, but from the moment it started to be planned with results. Maybe I could have heard more about the planning. I ended up having to learn about it myself through everything I went through.

F: As a triathlete focused on long-distance events, what do you take from learning about the sport for your career?

RJ: Planning, preparation and persistence in solving challenges, especially big ones. Nothing will fall from the sky. No one will go from intern to manager overnight, just as no one will go and run an Ironman triathlon without proper preparation and experience.

Which companies did you go through?

Lanlink, Qualitek, Ale Fuels, Neoway and now VTEX.


Technical school for data processing, graduated in business management and MBA in IT management, along with several certificates in the field of security and IT.

First job

Officeboy at Parmalat

first management position

Network Supervisor

career time

29 years old

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