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From Defense to Offense: Giving CISOs Their Due
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RichardM23501
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9/1/2020 | 1:03:39 PM
The best defense is a good offense...Vince Lombardi
Good article Marc,

This statement says it all: "CISOs who aren't frequently interacting with senior company leaders will likely be overshadowed...

- IF a CISO is not regarded as a strategic leader, the struggle to add value to the company bottom line will be an uphill battle.

It is certainly incumbent on the CISO to continuously educate the board and senior leadership that Infosec is a facet of Risk Managment. When CISO activities are quantified in terms of risk avoidance and potential loss, the board will begin to understand. Regulation and compliance is driving companies to participate in cybersecurity more and more, some REQUIRING named senior cybersecurity leadership roles.

CISOs have got to be in the game to win.

 
Marc Wilczek
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9/1/2020 | 2:00:43 PM
Re: The best defense is a good offense...Vince Lombardi
First of all, thanks Richard! Great to hear that you like the article.

I entirely agree with you as far as the your second statement goes. However, whether a CISO is regarded as a strategic leader has - in my opinion - more to do with attitude and behavior than a corporate title. That's also what I wanted to stress in my article concerning the need for CISOs to hone their problem solving skills and become more forward-looking.
RichardM23501
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RichardM23501,
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9/1/2020 | 4:02:02 PM
Re: The best defense is a good offense...Vince Lombardi
I see. 

I assumed anyone having forward-looking behaviours and problem solving skills would in fact be a strategic leader. 

A nuance, I suppose.

Watch for my response on LI.

Best.
gegawe
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gegawe,
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9/2/2020 | 6:45:24 AM
Re: The best defense is a good offense...Vince Lombardi
I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about you writing.
Marc Wilczek
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Marc Wilczek,
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9/2/2020 | 2:00:31 PM
Re: The best defense is a good offense...Vince Lombardi
Many thanks, that's great to hear! :-)


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