Jean-Baptiste Bres

Chief Information Security Officer

Congratulations Avenue Bank

Congratulation to Avenue for getting its restricted banking licence, and officially becoming Avenue Bank!
It was not an easy journey but it was not luck either, because they are an awesome and dedicated bunch. Looking forward for the next steps!

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Global News Podcast 🎧 Afghanistan Special

A special episode from the excellent BBC Global News Podcast, providing a very good understanding of the current situation in Afghanistan. I can only recommend listening if you want to understand what is happening there (and how it came to it).

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Google says it created a time crystal in a quantum computer

Here is something cool 😎🔬! Google says it has created a time crystal in a quantum computer (and if you do not know what a time crystal is, it is weirder than you think)


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Up to 1,500 businesses infected in one of the worst ransomware attacks ever

Interested in understanding how a large scale ransomware attack is performed? Here is a very good article from Ars Technica. A bit technical, definitively scary... so a good read.


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Critical CISO Initiatives for the Second Half of 2021

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New role: HSBC

I am very proud to announce that I have started a new role as Chief Information Security Officer, Australia and New-Zealand at HSBC.

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The Lazarus Heist 🎧 Podcast

If you are into podcasts, BBC World is producing a very good series on the hacking group Lazarus and its ties to North Korea. The first episode goes in details through the Sony hack in 2014 as the movie "The Interview" was about to be released. It then moves onto how North Korea uses hacking to finance itself. Very interesting so far.

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Stop using your work laptop or phone for personal stuff, because I know you are

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New role: Introducing Avenue

I am very proud to announce that I have started a new role as Chief Information Security Officer at Avenue.

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Avenue is building a dedicated business bank that finds new, flexible ways to free up cash flow for its customers. Whether you want to grow your business, buy some time, or simply have some breathing space, we'll free up cash with new options that other banks don't offer.

Avenue isn't a bank (yet), but we're on our way. Find out more at https://www.avenue.net.au

Open to new opportunities

As I mentioned in my previous post, Xinja Bank will stop operating as a bank in the next few weeks.

For me, this sadly means that my role will stop to exist at the end of January 2021, so I will be looking for a new position shortly.
Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer.

You can contact me by email or via Linkedin.