Do You Even CISO?

May 7, 2015

Someone has to take the heat, right? It seems like a thankless job and judging by the recent breaches, restrictions by industry regulations, and media attention, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are in the hot seat.

But, who are they? No, not names or LinkedIn profiles, but who are they really? Where do they come from? How the heck do they handle all the pressure?

There seem to be commonalities among CISOs. One character trait is they keep their hand in the pot, meaning they start at the bottom–from square one. CISOs know the specific drivers creating the problems and the time it takes to properly structure a security program from the ground up. Making something from nothing a lot of the time.

Another interesting trait is that many CISOs I’ve met have military backgrounds. There are lots of parallels between military processes and information security processes, so it makes sense. The regimented, inherently skeptical nature of the military is a perfect fit for a pressure-cooker CISO role.

Every CISO has a story. No, scratch that, MANY stories. There are the heroic tales about rescuing an organization from an almost damaging or extremely damaging breach. Then there are the stories of an “almost-breach.” The stories of horrid hires, white-hat hackers gone rogue, click-happy employees, and line-of-business leaders that just don’t get it.  I’d say we could all learn a thing or two from these infosec leaders.

So you want to hear some of these juicy tales? Join us on Thursday, May 14 at 12:00PM (EDT) for an informal, storytelling webcast spotlighting two CISOs (one former) airing a little dirty laundry.


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