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Telstra loses another top executive as CISO quits

The top three IT roles at Telstra have now fallen vacant with the resignation of chief information security officer Mike Burgess today.

Burgess, who joined the telco in February 2013, will end his stay there on 4 November.

His resignation follows those of chief information officer Erez Yarkoni in August and chief operating officer Kate McKenzie in July.

The telco's chief technology officer Vish Nandlall was sacked in May following reports that he had falsified his CV.

In a statement, a Telstra spokesman said: "After three years with Telstra as CISO, Mike Burgess has decided to explore new opportunities and he will leave the company on 4 November.

"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.

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

"We wish Mike every success in the years to come. We will be undertaking an international search for our new CISO."


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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.