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How To Become a CISO: Top Tips

A look at the best career advice for aspiring CISOs from people who've reached the top.
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Image: 'Ladder Street, near Man Mo Temple,' by Dennis Wong
Image: "Ladder Street, near Man Mo Temple," by Dennis Wong

Over the past seven weeks, we've examined how to reach that lofty position of chief information security officer (CISO). We got a peek into what employers are looking for in a CISO from Mark Aiello,  president of the Boston cyber security staffing firm Cyber360 Solutions. We heard the professional origin stories of five CISOs: Jonathan Trull of Qualys, Quinn Shamblin of Boston University, Jennings Aske of Nuance Communications, Mark Potter of Danya International, and Janet Levesque of RSA.

We'll continue the conversation on the message boards here and on the next episode of Dark Reading Radio, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PST). You'll have the opportunity to chat with some of our CISOs and pick the brain of Lee Kushner, president of LJ Kushner & Associates, who's been helping information security professionals get hired for years.

Until then, here are some of the key lessons we've learned so far.


Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Strategist
1/2/2015 | 1:19:10 PM
Re: becoming a CISO
Yes indeed lqadishtu570, you got it. Multi-faceted / multi-dimensonal, which is what you do appear to be (not being facetious or snarky).

Many people just do not get it, they "have" to be or become broader in their outlooks in life AND at work.

Good comment.  Patrick
User Rank: Apprentice
12/12/2014 | 3:15:21 PM
becoming a CISO
I am a True CISO who needs to be able to do so, more so Publically. I have been doing so using Face Book Postings, as well as in many talks with people concerning many issues, both Politically, Religionwise, and things that Affect us all on an almost daily basis. I am an excellent public speaker. I can speak both diplomatically and socially. Down to Earth Communication reaches out to many, and that is what is needed to reach out to more than what many see as over educated belligerance.
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