Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the DACH CISO Community

Michael Beaupre

Head of Cyber Security


Michael Beaupre, head of cybersecurity at Hays, has been a fixer and protector his entire life. He was often called on to solve the most complex issues and challenges of organisations. He firmly believes in the power of continuous incremental improvements and strives to make each day a little bit better than the previous day.

The most powerful network in the world is the human network, and Michael has spent his life building powerful friendships, partnerships, and strategic coalitions on a global scale — both professionally and privately.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I have been actively fighting cybercrime for over 28 years in the U.S. military, and also in small and large private sector enterprises ranging in size from 50 to 320,000 employees.  

It is a human vs. human fight, which uses technology as the platform we fight on and the weapons we fight with.  

Hays is one of the most connected people companies in the world and last year placed a person in a job every 97 seconds. That takes a remarkable network of trust and long-term partnerships to achieve. I can’t think of a better partner to help beat cybercrime than a people-focused and human-dimension-oriented company like Hays.  

With an estimated 3.5 million cyber vacancies globally, we cannot win with a unidimensional approach. We must engage the boardroom, maximise technology, and leverage human capital to beat cyber crime. 

At Hays, we are actively unifying these elements in house and for our clients globally.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

T-squared equals trust and transparency. No one can survive as an island of isolation. We must openly communicate and build powerful and diverse teams that span industries, as well as cultural and ethical backgrounds. 

Cyber crime knows no borders and neither should our combined response.

What is the key to success for someone just starting out as a CISO?

Always influence at least two levels up, two levels down, and as wide as possible laterally.

How do you measure success as a leader?

Growing and empowering people to achieve and exceed more than you have personally achieved, and helping them to see and be more than they imagined was possible, is how I measure success.

A true servant leader understands there is more value in giving than in receiving.

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