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Secret CSO: Caleb Merriman, Deltek

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? "To best answer this central question, I focus on understanding open vulnerabilities in our systems and tracking time to remediation."


Secret CSO: Arve Kjoelen, McAfee

What's the best career advice you ever received? “Work to understand your company’s business side as well as you understand the security side.”


Secret CSO: Peter Tran, InferSight

What conferences are on your must-attend list? "The consumer electronics show. This will give you a better sense of the current and new attack surfaces."


Secret CSO: Cathy Pitt, Plex Systems Inc.

Was there anyone who has inspired or mentored you in your career? “…find a mentor who is interested in helping you understand and appreciate the big picture and where you fit into it.”


Secret CSO: Andrew Rose, Proofpoint

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “…one thing to hold dear above everything? Pragmatism. Be pragmatic about your resources, your budget, and your risks.”


Secret CSO: Phil Packman, BT Global Division

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Seek out opportunities to gain a broader set of perspective and views. Constantly challenge your own thinking and be open to alternative opinions.”


Secret CSO: Peter Romano, eSentire

Cybersecurity is constantly changing – how do you keep learning? “I find it valuable to have friends in the industry and communicate with them regularly.”


Secret CSO: Mike Beck, Darktrace

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? “I am obsessed with mean time to detect, to contain and to remediate.”


Secret CSO: Lenny Zeltser, Axonius

What’s the best career advice you ever received? "If you notice that you’re becoming too comfortable in your role, if it’s starting to feel too familiar, or too easy, it might be time to look for a new role"


Secret CSO: John Germain, Duck Creek Technologies, Inc

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? "For me it is building relationships. Cybersecurity is challenging because you need to partner and communicate with all parts and levels of an organisation."


Secret CSO: Tim Heger, Healthbridge

What's the best career advice you ever received? "'Onward!' from a friend after particularly painful failure."

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