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Secret CSO: Edward Frye, Aryaka Networks, Inc.

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “I think the trend of machine learning, when applied correctly can be a great asset to the cybersecurity world.”

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Secret CSO: Devin Ertel, Menlo Security

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “Allowing the business to run more efficiently while being secure at the same time. This is the balance in security that makes it interesting.”

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Secret CSO: Sebastian Goodwin, Nutanix

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “The role of a CISO is uniquely challenging because a security team cannot succeed independently. Success requires the cooperation and participation of everyone in the...

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Secret CSO: Geoff Forsyth, PCI Pal

Cybersecurity is constantly changing – how do you keep learning? “Cybersecurity is fun if you have an enquiring mind. I also like the fact that cybersecurity draws on a diverse, global community of people working together to solve...

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Secret CSO: Debby Briggs, NETSCOUT

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “… the role of security is much like a set of brakes on a car, providing safety even at high speeds, mitigating risk without obstructing all forward motion, unless necessary!”...

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Secret CSO: Heather Gantt-Evans, SailPoint

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? “Some of my favourites are reporting on service level agreement adherence by criticality for risks and vulnerability findings.”

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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...

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Secret CSO: James Arlen, Aiven

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “The best current trend is probably the focus on people-scale problems - not focusing as much on blinky-lights and shiny-things product solutions to security problems.”

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Secret CSO: Josh Yavor, Tessian

Is the security skills shortage affecting your organisation? “… I believe that the perceived security skills shortage is driven largely by outdated and unrealistic hiring, and management practices - not an actual lack of capable...

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Secret CSO: George Gerchow, Sumo Logic

What roles or skills are you finding the most difficult to fill? “I think most security leaders look in the wrong places. I care less about direct, relevant experience and instead look for those with talent, ambition and the right...

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Secret CSO: Paul Baverey, Lemongrass Consulting

What metrics or KPIs do you use to measure security effectiveness? “Security needs to be as transparent as possible. In parallel to this, people need to feel safe and have the assurance that there is a net should they make a mistake –...

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Secret CSO: Brian Grayek, Cosant Cyber Security

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? “I LOVE contributing to National Security or helping a great cause. I was fortunate enough to know some things that I was invited to teach to the FBI at Quantico in 2005.”

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Secret CSO: Jonathan Fischbein, Check Point Software Technologies

What's the best career advice you ever received? “I would say the best that I learned was not about technology. It’s about working with people you trust.”

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Secret CSO: Heather Hinton, RingCentral

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Make your experience as broad as you possibly can and work really hard not to silo yourself.”

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Secret CSO: Paul Baird, Qualys

What's the best career advice you ever received? “A previous manager once shared the advice with me that “if you’re not happy, leave”, which is incredibly simple but also quite powerful to remind people of their ability to change a...

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Secret CSO: Jaya Baloo, Avast

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? “It is positive to see the cybersecurity industry making waves in supply chain security… the recent high-profile supply chain attacks have caused the industry to wake up and smell the...

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Secret CSO: David Stapleton, CyberGRX

What roles or skills are you finding the most difficult to fill? “…the most difficult candidates to find are true generalists who have a broad range of experience and skills across multiple technology platforms. For a small business...

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Secret CSO: J.R. Cunningham, Nuspire

What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? "It’s really an interesting multi-faceted profession. It’s an engineering discipline that requires a focus on people—I love that combination."

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Secret CSO: Will North, MHR International

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Make sure you understand how attackers are compromising other organisations. If you don’t know how an attacker would compromise you, how can you protect yourself.”

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Secret CSO: Alan Osborne, Paysafe

What conferences are on your must-attend list? “I would advise anyone to be really thoughtful with any conferences they attend - you can make a career out of attending these (and dinners!), but ask yourself if you will really get...

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