Cybersecurity Leaders-As a network security solution provider, we are always looking to better understand the market. We do this in a number of ways:
- talking to customers and prospects;
- attending and sponsoring events and security conferences;
- pouring over industry cybersecurity studies; and
- conducting our own survey research.
We’ve also had the good fortune of interviewing some of the brightest minds in the industry and publishing the results of those interviews on this blog.
As we close in on the year’s end, we’re taking a look back at some of those interviews and, we’ve pulled out one powerful idea from each conversation – and linked to the complete interview for those interested in reading more.
1) Cybersecurity without business disruption.
“The business of most companies is to innovate and deliver products or services to others. Unless you are a security company, the purpose of the business is not security, it’s to make, for example, chemicals that cure cancer, or develop rockets that go to Mars, or design aircraft that are faster, more economical and carry more people. As such, security is always something of an afterthought.
Generally, that’s the way we want it. We want companies that are investing their brainpower to cure cancer, to cure cancer, and we don’t want security to get in the way of that. So, the challenge of the CTO or the CISO in that environment is how to be secure enough to keep the bad guys out without interfering with your innovators?”
2) Cybersecurity is similar to medicine.
“Cybersecurity is similar to medicine because we can read the textbooks and case studies and see what things are common – but every patient is unique. We always have to open the possibility that there’s something involved that we hadn’t seen before.”
– Ryan K. Louie, MD, Ph.D., Psychiatrist, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital (San Francisco)
3) The best time to join a company as CISO.
“The best time to join a company as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is after they’ve had a massive scare or a massive breach. That is when you’re going to get the time, resources and budget.”
– Rebecca Wynn, CISSP, CRISC, CASP, CCISO, DSc, DHL, MBA, Head of Information Security / Data Protection Officer Company, Matrix Medical Network