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CISO Insiders with Chad Hicks | CISO at MercuryGate International | Episode 83
Episode 8317th June 2024 • CISO insiders • GRSee Consulting
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🧠 In this episode of CISO Insiders, we welcome Chad Hicks, the CISO at MercuryGate International.

Chad Hicks tackles some of the trending issues and challenges in the cybersecurity industry while giving crucial advice to newcomers in the industry. Chad Hicks also discusses in detail the role of the CISO in an organization and the evolution of the industry in the past 15 years.

👇🏼 This special episode will tackle the following topics:

Giving advice and setting expectations to newcomers and individuals who want to pursue a career in the cybersecurity industry.

Key insights and major cultural shifts within the realm of cybersecurity.

Dispelling myths revolving around cybersecurity.

Tackling pressing issues in the world of governance, response, and compliance.


🔥 ”It’s amazing how quickly you can collaboratively resolve things if you treat cybersecurity as a team sport.”

🔥 “The majority of threats that we see are pretty defined methods. We have enough tools to detect threat vectors. We don’t need more tools and technologies; we need more people and time.”

🔥 “You can’t fake your way into cybersecurity; you have to put in the work. Since cybersecurity touches every aspect of the business, you have to be well-rounded.”

⏱️ Timestamps:

00:36 Guest Introduction and Professional Journey

01:32 Icebreaker questions

03:13 Is there one thing you wish you had known before starting your career?

04:15 Biggest failure and key learnings

05:36 Biggest accomplishments and achievements

06:53 How did you become a CISO through your professional journey?

09:53 What is your advice to newcomers and anyone wanting to pursue a cybersecurity career?

11:21 What are your views on the CISO role in the IT organization?

13:46 What were the best resources that have helped you through your career?

15:59 What is one myth about your industry that you want to debunk?

18:49 What are the main concerns that CISOs have right now?

20:45 Are there any specific areas CISOs should focus on?

22:29 What are the most crucial skills a CISO should have?

23:50 How did the CISO role change in the past 15 - 20 years?

25:19 Will the CISO role grow bigger in the next few years?

27:47 What do you think we’ll see in the cybersecurity industry next?

30:47 What would you define as “innovation” in this industry?

33:25 What’s the best way for vendors to reach out to you?

35:45 Are there any individuals in the industry that you look up to?

37:40 What’s the best way to reach out to you?

38:48 Final question and closing comments - If money was not an issue, what would you do with your life?

📢 Get ahead in your professional journey and gain valuable cybersecurity insights.

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