In this episode of CISO Insiders, we welcome Ross Leo, Master Consultant in Healthcare Information Security, for an exciting and eye-level conversation about his journey into cybersecurity, advice for young cybersecurity professionals just starting out, and the evolution of the role of CISO.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career similar to yours?
You have to explore your undiscovered passion in life & find things that excite you. For me it was solving problems, bringing in solutions & finding new ways to put things together. If you follow your passion, the results can be very rewarding. What I would recommend is to have a passion & not have a rigid mindset and focus on solving certain kinds of cybersecurity problems that our society faces today.
Thoughts on the role of the CISO in the IT department
If you really want to protect the information, you will need a broader vision that goes beyond being stuck in the IT department. A CISO being stuck in the IT department might limit the way you tackle the problem at hand. The role of a CISO is business oriented. It’s all about the business & the information that the particular business holds. Being focused on the business itself & knowing its value tackles a wider range of concerns.
00:35 Guest Introduction and professional journey
03:36 What’s one thing you wish you would have known before starting your cybersecurity career?
05:30 Your biggest failure & accomplishment.
12:06 What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a cybersecurity career similar to yours?
17:24 Thoughts on the role of the CISO in the IT department
23:44 What were the resources that worked for you when it comes to learning cybersecurity?
26:03 Debunking one common myth about cybersecurity
30:38 The main concerns of CISO & focus points
36:36 How the role of the CISO is evolving?
39:28 What should cybersecurity vendors stop doing?