In an effort to bolster their IT defences, Heritage Bank has appointed Mikhail Lopushanski, who brings with him more than 30 years of experience, as its new chief information security officer.
Mr Lopushanski’s expertise spans across strategic planning, governance, audit, risk and information security as well as a previous tenure as chief security officer at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for the last decade.
Peter Lock, Heritage CEO, welcomed the appointment and expressed excitement over the impact Mr Lopushanski would have on strengthening the bank’s digital defences and data security and was “pleased” that he would be joining the Heritage team following his “impressive” 10-year stint with APRA.
“His experience and insight will be invaluable as we work to grow our information security capabilities in what is an ever-changing field,” Mr Lock said.
Mr Lopushanski commented that he was thrilled to join Heritage due to its passion for mutuality and supporting the communities in which it operates, particularly during a time when Heritage could potentially merge with People’s Choice Credit Union.
He further stated that he was “selective” when choosing his next place of employment, remarking that he wanted to work with “a dynamic Australian organisation with close ties to the community and a financial institution.”
“Heritage has done a lot in regards to security but it is an ongoing journey. We always need to be proactive in this space to protect our members,” Mr Lopushanski said.
Based in Brisbane, Mr Lopushanski’s role with Heritage has already commenced.