Kiwi.com announces Director of Security
BRNO, 5 February 2020 — Kiwi.com has appointed Jan Kubíček as Director of Security, a new and highly important role in the travel-tech company.
The position is critical due to the fast-paced growth of the company and the risks that this growth brings with it; customer data leakage, intellectual property theft, and service interruptions. Kubíček, who comes from the banking and consulting industry and has worked in cybersecurity for the majority of his professional life, was the ideal candidate for this position.
“I am very excited to be a part of Kiwi.com – an extremely dynamic and agile organization that truly changes the way we travel. And, I am looking forward to bringing the security level to excellence. The key is to have balance. To come up with strict security measures is easy. However, to create ones that won’t disrupt the organization might be challenging, yet we have to protect what we’ve created so far. Rapidly growing organizations often discover that change in approach is necessary, and informal processes need to be replaced by generally tighter and precise controls. And to roll these out, while not smothering cooperative and open Kiwi.com work culture, will be the main focus”, said Kubíček.
“Kiwi.com is excited to have Honza aboard to work with our teams to formulate and execute security strategies to keep our company and our clients secure,” comments David Pavlík, Chief Information Officer at Kiwi.com
The company books 33,000 passenger seats per day, meaning there is an extremely high volume of passenger data, credit card data, and business data to handle. Kubíček will also oversee data exchange between Kiwi.com and its partners.
Jan Kubíček has been active in this position since 2 January 2020.
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Founded by Oliver Dlouhý and Jozef Képesi in 2012, Kiwi.com is an online search engine allowing users to combine transportation from non-cooperating carriers. It is powered by its proprietary algorithm (Virtual Interlining) that allows users to combine flights and ground transportation from over 750 carriers, accompanied by industry-leading Kiwi.com Guarantee. Today, the company sees more than 100 million searches every day and employs over 2,600 people worldwide. Kiwi.com ranked seventh in the 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list, becoming the highest-ever rated Czech company. Following the previous success, Kiwi.com ranked fifth in the very same program in 2018. In November 2019, the company announced a change in its vision of becoming the first Virtual Global Supercarrier and won the People’s Choice Award at Phocuswright Conference in Miami.