Christian Archbold

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Christian Archibald
Vice President, Information Security
BNP Paribas RCC Inc.
Jersey City, N.J.
Age: 35

As vice president of information security at BNP Paribas, a banking group with a presence in 75 countries, Christian Archbold oversees program development, regulations, risk management within the cybersecurity department — challenging work, but Archbold would not have it any other way. “In the cybersecurity space threats change constantly, therefore I have to stay up to date with what’s trending and keep my skills sharpened to combat these threats,” he says. “It definitely keeps me on my toes, which I find exciting.” As vice president of information security at BNP Paribas, a banking group with a presence in 75 countries, Christian Archbold oversees program development, regulations, risk management within the cybersecurity department — challenging work, but Archbold would not have it any other way. “In the cybersecurity space threats change constantly, therefore I have to stay up to date with what’s trending and keep my skills sharpened to combat these threats,” he says. “It definitely keeps me on my toes, which I find exciting.” Archbold has held a variety of positions in IT, including as support engineer, identity and access management project manager and security analyst, and now is assisting in the launch of a cybersecurity company. His other passions include sports and fitness. He ran track and field from high school through college, and now focuses on obstacle courses such as Spartan races and Tough Mudder challenges, applying skills he acquired as an athlete — discipline, leadership and drive —  to his professional career.Archbold holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and technology from Temple University and a master’s in technology management from Columbia University. A certified information systems security professional, certified risk and information system control professional, and certified ethical hacker, he is equally passionate about educating others. “I founded and currently co-chair an affinity group at my company that provides mentorship to upcoming minorities within the company and partners with outside organizations to host financial literacy and college prep programs for underrepresented youth in New York City,” he explains.  While Archbold credits his mother and father, who are from Jamaica and Panama, respectively, for much of his success, he acknowledges the role of the company he keeps. “Having friends who are ambitious and share the same values as I do helped to push me even further, and gave me confidence when faced with any challenge,” he states.