CISO Journal


May 29, 2017

By Devon Bryan

"We drive into the future looking into our rear view mirrors" Marshall McLuhan

Notably absent from the dearth of ongoing blockchain conversations, is the cyber defenders perspective.  Perhaps the reasoning could simply be that thought-leaders feeding the blockchain hype cycle are opposed to having security types pouring cold water on their "1000 blockchain flowers blooming" conversations. 


April 13, 2017

By Roota Almeida
Head of Information Security – Delta Dental of NJ and CT

CISOs are often in a situation where the CEO or a Board member asks them, “Just how secure are we?” Or “Are we secure enough?”

These questions sound simple, but are quite difficult to answer accurately. The quick answer to the question would be, “We are more secure today than we were before and are constantly striving to be better and one step ahead of the bad guys.”


March 20, 2017

CISO Spotlight
Michael Mangold
Tractor Supply VP of Information

ISE® Southeast Executive Award Finalist

To Michael Mangold, the CISO of rural lifestyle retailer Tractor Supply Company, located outside Nashville, Tennessee, the most important skills for a CISO are not only technical.


March 19, 2017

By Henry Jiang
CISO and Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Recently, I posted a picture of a mind-map that I created just called "The Map of Cybersecurity Domains (v1.0)." The map was put together as a way to clear my head by fully immersing myself in the world of cybersecurity day-in and day-out for the past few years, and constant reminder that just how complex and vast the subject can be. 


March 12, 2017

By Joel Rosenblatt
Columbia University Director of Computer and Network Security

The first week of March in 2017 will be remembered as the time that AWS (Amazon Web Services) failed. The actual failure was in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), but to the world in general, if your stuff was running in the Amazon cloud, it was not working.


January 27, 2017

By David Cass
Global CISO IBM Cloud & SaaS Operational Services

Each year brings more large-scale security and privacy breaches, leaving the general public questioning to what extent companies could be trusted with their sensitive information. Retail, health care, banking, entertainment, governments – no industry is left untouched. Security and privacy must remain top of mind within every organization as both are essential in safeguarding data, protecting brand image, and avoiding hefty fines and financial losses.


January 24, 2017

By David Sheidlower
Global Media and Advertising CISO

In this series I take a close look at the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity which NIST first published in February of 2014. Read Part One 'All Infrastructure and the NIST Framework' and Part Two 'Hackers Are Not Afraid of Frameworks.'

There I was preparing part 3 of my close reading of the 2014 Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity from NIST and then I realized it was almost three years old. Soon, it will be under a new administration and version 1.1 is due for release anytime. 


January 18, 2017

By Vanessa Pegueros
DocuSign Chief Information Security Officer

Part Four – The Board’s Role in Preventing Level-One Response

As I mentioned in article one of this four-part series, the typical response to a security threat, incident or breach is the Four D’s: Denial, Damage Control, Defend and Deflect. 

I contend that executives/board members are not immune to this response and may in fact be operating at a Level One response (reptilian response mode) when the company encounters a crisis situation. In this final article, I will explore the impact of a breach on Executives/Board members and offer recommendations for CISOs/CIOs who communicate with them.


December 5, 2016

By Daniel Conroy
Synchrony Financial CISO

Today the cybersecurity sector is fraught with the challenge of a diminished talent pool. Cisco’s report, “Mitigating the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage,” highlights the worldwide shortage of one million information security professionals. It sends out a disturbing warning to the cybersecurity industry to bridge this gap immediately or face consequences with significant costs.


November 29, 2016

By Mitch Parker
Academic Health Care CISO

In this three-part series, Academic Health Care CISO Mitch Parker shares his insights on ransomware, incident response and best practices for building a world class prevention program. Read parts one and two.

As I mentioned in my previous articles on ransomware, I have spoken at numerous industry conferences and discussed the growing threat of ransomware with many of my peers. 


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