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Secret CSO: Dan Lohrmann, Presidio

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? “Ransomware is eating us alive. Bad actors are still too far ahead.”

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Secret CSO: Ian Cruxton, Callsign

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “For most successful cyber security practices, I would say DevSecOps is the most interesting trend… and the most successful ones are (in my opinion) those where security engineers...

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Secret CSO: Gary Hayslip, SoftBank Investment Advisers

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “To really understand this job is a marathon, it’s stressful and you need to have a long view to be successful.”

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Secret CSO: Andy Ellis, Orca Security

Cybersecurity is constantly changing – how do you keep learning? “While I know a lot of people are down on social media, I find that Twitter is a great way to draw attention to new hot topics that I should pay attention to.”

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Secret CSO: Howard Taylor, Radware

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “Maintaining balance! … The CISO must evaluate objectives and define ways to bring harmony to the chaos.”

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The CISO of tomorrow

It’s one of the most stressful jobs in security thanks to an ever-expanding array of technologies, compliance requirements and threats but the responsibilities of the CISO could be about to change. Jamal Elmellas, COO at...

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Secret CSO: Steve Dotson, Acoustic

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Understand the actual business you are protecting and become an expert on your products and services.”

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Secret CSO: Tracy Reinhold, Everbridge

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? "The worst trend is denial, when people refuse to accept that there is a real threat."

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Secret CSO: Frank Russo, Calendly

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? "The best indication that your security program is doing well is how quickly and effectively you can respond to incidents, both external and internal threats."

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Secret CSO: Olivia Rose, Amplitude

Is the security skills shortage affecting your organisation? “…We need to address the industry's current perspective on hiring – we have a massive imbalance.”

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Is business acumen now more vital for a CISO than security knowledge?

The days when security was only important to financial services and defence organisations are long gone, and with hefty fines and reputational damage having a devastating impact on businesses – board members are starting to take note...

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Secret CSO: John Petrie, NTT Security

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? “Complete dependence on a single security product/solution. Cybersecurity needs to be holistic and strategic to be successful and completely depends on top-notch people, process, and...

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Secret CSO: Jason Manar, Kaseya

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “You must be able to explain fundamental concepts in a way a layperson can understand. The more you’re able to simplify the complex and explain in simplistic terms as you...

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Secret CSO: Jacob Ansari, Schellman Compliance

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Learn the right mix of courtesy and relentlessness. A lot of the job of information security is getting into other people’s business, and you want to do so respectfully and...

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Secret CSO: David MacKinnon, N-able

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “Attacks are more sophisticated than ever, so to stay ahead of the curve it’s great to see people put competition aside and work together to fight our common enemy. I think it’s...

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Secret CSO: Jason Lee, Zoom Video Communications

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “The most important aspect of my job is thinking about the bigger picture. In security, you always need to be thinking ahead about what might come down the pipeline.”

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Secret CSO: Josh Brewton, Cyvatar

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? “Artificial Intelligence… While AI shows immense promise, there will always be vulnerabilities that will need compensating controls to close those gaps.”

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Secret CSO: Joanna Burkey, HP Inc.

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “… to make cybersecurity risk understandable throughout the enterprise…. if the heart of the enterprise – the people – don’t understand the 'why', we aren’t creating...

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