Secret CSO: Ross Hosman, Drata

What conferences are on your must-attend list? “I really like conferences that get security people thinking about how they can help their engineering counterparts go faster in a secure manner; AWS:Reinvent, Kubecon would be great ones...”

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What is your favourite quote? “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” - Mike Tyson.

What are you reading now? I just finished What You Do is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz, a follow-up from his famous book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things. The next two books I have on deck are Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard and The Messy Middle by Scott Belksky.

In my spare time, I like to… Living in Colorado, hiking is a staple activity to break up my routine. There's an endless amount of trails but Isabelle Glacier Trail stands out in particular. Just outside of Boulder, this trail takes you to 10K+ elevation with crisp air and a beautiful lake at the top. It’s a breath-taking view and a great trail to clear your mind.

Most people don't know that I… love cartoons. Give me a Disney movie or a cartoon any day. It just allows me to relax my mind and enjoy the moment, I can forget about everything else and focus on the story line.

Ask me to do anything but… Ask me to do anything but sit in meetings! I’m an advocate of reducing the amount of meetings you have daily or weekly to allow you to focus on the actual work and explore new ways to improve upon existing processes. I think every meeting should have a dollar amount attached to it and people should have to justify their meeting expenses/budgets.

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