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Michael Gregg, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer, North Dakota Information Technology - Be Legendary
Episode 234th April 2022 • The CISO Diaries • Syya Yasotornrat & Leah McLean
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About Michael Gregg:

Michael Gregg is the state of North Dakota’s Chief Information Security Officer. The state CISO is responsible for establishing and leading the strategic direction of cyber security for the state and advising the governor and legislators on key cyber issues.

With Michael’s cyber experience span being over a period of two decades, he has been a pioneer of helping people interested in becoming IT professionals as well as seasoned IT professionals achieve by sharing knowledge by means of authoring over 25 IT cyber security books, including:  Inside Network Security AssessmentHack the StackCISSP Exam Cram2Build Your Own Network Security Lab ,and Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep2. He has developed high-level security classes and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on news programs such as MSNBC, The New York Times, Fox News, CBS News, etc. He enjoys contributing his time and talents where there is a need to help others learn and grow by holding board, committee, and advisory positions for non-profit organizations. 

Michael is also a faculty member of Villanova University and creator of several of their security programs. He also serves as a site expert for four TechTarget sites, including SearchNetworking, SearchSecurity, SearchMobileNetworking, and SearchSmallBiz. He is a board member of a Houston area Habitat for Humanity.

He holds a Bachelors degree, Masters degree, and many security certifications.



Episode Highlights:

  • Volunteer to get skills
  • Leadership is not a title, it’s what you do
  • Going to the gym is like doing security – It’s ongoing
  • Vendor Partnerships – Looking for win-win
  • Give effective feedback
  • Focus on Collaboration
  • Advice - Be Honest, Humble, and Hungry





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