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Very Important Panther: Myrna Soto ’93 discusses cybersecurity, attributes of a strong leader

Very Important Panther: Myrna Soto ’93 discusses cybersecurity, attributes of a strong leader

April 12, 2018 at 10:27am

Myrna Soto ’93

  • Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Comcast Corporation

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1993

Q: Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company, and you are responsible for the huge job of developing cyber and data security strategies and managing technology risks. How have you seen these areas grow in critical importance?
A: This has been an area of exponential growth, mainly as a result of the evolving threat to critical infrastructure like energy, telecommunications and finance. There are many new technologies to support defenses, but the greatest area of growth has been in predictive intelligence and analytics. Artificial intelligence will continue to see tremendous growth.

Q: You have held senior leadership positions with several other large corporations, among them American Express and Royal Caribbean Cruises. What has been your key to success?
A: I believe it is the ability to adapt to different environments and industries. It is critical for leaders to understand corporate cultures and understand how a leadership style may need to adapt.

Q: What advice do you have for others looking to make an impact in their chosen fields?
A: One of the most important things for future leaders to do is to constantly stretch their comfort zones. If you are comfortable in a particular skill set or function, push yourself further. Leaders need to grow in order to lead, and teams will always respect a leader willing to say he or she has something to learn. I also feel strongly that it is important to have a very strong appreciation for the business you are supporting. A high degree of business acumen is critical in order to be seen as more than just a specialist but an asset to the organization. Lastly, give back. I am big supporter of the “push up pull up” philosophy. We have to help the next generation behind us to succeed.

Q: You earned two advanced degrees and a certification from other institutions, but you launched your education with a bachelor’s of psychology from FIU. How has that base served you in the business world?
A: My psychology degree has served as an incredible platform for my leadership journey. It has allowed me to apply motivational theories for my teams, and it has allowed me to understand the human psyche as it relates to how technology is adopted and utilized. It has also provided me the competency to lead organizational change. I use that psychology degree every day! #Pawsup

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I have many passions, but in my personal time you will find me either on a golf course, on the beach or at a winery. I’m also a bit of a real estate junkie – I love exploring properties, new developments and potential investments.