Offense and Defense Innovation at Experian with World Class CIO, Barry Libenson

Barry Libenson
I’m very excited about my guest for you today. It’s Barry Libenson, Global CIO for Experian. He is responsible for the design and delivery of global technology strategy. Prior to joining Experian in 2015, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of Safeway in North America. Before that he was CIO and VP of Land O’Lakes. He has a continuous track record of huge success in the CIO capacity.

I am excited to bring Barry back for “Round 2” – his second episode with me and the RedZone Podcast. You will get the following out of this show as it relates to CIO Offense and Defense Strategy for a World Class company. This is the kind of stuff you’re going to get out of this episode with Barry today.

These are very practical and usable suggestions that Barry and I discuss, such as –

  • Why you must understand strategies around:  Micro Services and APIs and how Barry’s top flight team is a key component to this strategy and how he approaches legacy and ‘build new’ and rapid iteration and testing in his environment.
  • Idea Incubation and 3 Innovation Labs at Experian coupled with M&A
  • Nurturing a mindset that can’t be disrupted or blindsided by tech disruption
  • Why Moving to the cloud is a debatable strategy and more of a tactic
  • Barry’s approach to building portability using Micro Services with legacy apps
  • His relentless pursuit of security excellence. He dives into his layered defense and ‘hunting approach’
  • The role of AI and Machine Learning at Experian in developing products of the future
  • The mistakes some CIOs make with security and how to avoid them
  • When to look at the Macro vs. Micro perspective as a way to keep yourself in top leadership form

I want you to understand what keeps a top CIO up at night and what he is doing about it. Enjoy!

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Until next time. I’m signing off. Thank you and have a great day! 

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader. Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter

About Barry Libenson

Barry Libenson is Experian’s Global Chief Information Officer (CIO), with responsibility for the design and delivery of Experian’s global technology strategy. Prior to joining Experian in June 2015, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of Safeway, Inc. in North America. Before that, he served as the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Land O Lakes Inc. Barry joined Ingersoll-Rand as Vice President of e-Business in May 2001 and also served as its Chief Information Officer beginning in 2003. There he was responsible for defining and implementing Ingersoll-Rand’s global electronic and internet business strategies, with a focus on customer relationship and supply chain management.

Early in his career, he served as Executive Vice President of Surety Inc., a data-integrity services company; as Chief Executive Officer for Visix, a software publisher; and held management positions with Phoenix Technologies and Oracle Corporation. He served as a Director at Tavant Technologies, a software firm with offices in California and Bangalore India.

Barry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Colgate University and earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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