Dark Reading Launches Inaugural CISO Advisory Board

Ten chief information security officers from a variety of verticals will provide valuable insights to Dark Reading on what they see as the industry's most pressing issues.

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Breaking news: In keeping with our mission to deliver quality, in-depth news, analysis, features, and other editorial products to cybersecurity professionals, Dark Reading has now officially strengthened its ties with the practitioner community by establishing our first-ever CISO Advisory Board. The goal: to better inform Dark Reading's strategy of delivering quality and meaningful editorial content for CISOs and their security teams.

Today, I am honored to announce the formation of our new CISO Advisory Board and the distinguished CISOs joining our inaugural Board roster.

The creation of the Board and selection of its members was a true team effort. Each member of the Dark Reading team submitted their own nominations, and together we selected a group of 10 CISOs that best fit our vision of a Board representing a diversity of backgrounds, industry sectors, and organizational size. We have CISOs from industries including manufacturing, education, hospitality, and transportation, and with perspectives from both the private and public sector.

Here are the members of Dark Reading's new CISO Advisory Board:

  • Nicole Darden Ford, Rockwell  

  • Kurt John, Expedia 

  • Fred Kwong, DeVry University 

  • Fredrick Lee, Gusto 

  • Rinki Sethi, BILL 

  • Melina Scotto, Hilton

  • Jessica Sica, Weave

  • Caleb Sima 

  • Jesse Whaley, Amtrak 

  • Ray Yepes, State of Colorado

Indeed, our Board formation comes at an extraordinary time in the cybersecurity industry, where CISOs now have a real seat at the table in the business. There was no chief information security officer (CISO) position when Dark Reading first went online 17 years ago. Security teams traditionally were perceived as inhibitors rather than key players in the success of the business.

But after nearly two decades — and many painful, high-profile data breaches — later, the CISO is now arguably one of the most influential and critical executive roles in an organization. We are excited to have these executives here to help us shape our reporting and strategy as a top cybersecurity news site, and to ensure we are delivering the information they need in their day-to-day operations.

Stay tuned to watch how this partnership unfolds and yields fresh, in-the-trenches perspectives in Dark Reading's coverage of the industry.

About the Author(s)

Kelly Jackson Higgins, Editor-in-Chief, Dark Reading

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Editor-in-Chief of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise Magazine, Virginia Business magazine, and other major media properties. Jackson Higgins was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Journalists in the US, and named as one of Folio's 2019 Top Women in Media. She began her career as a sports writer in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and earned her BA at William & Mary. Follow her on Twitter @kjhiggins.

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