The Best Practices of Becoming a CISO

Dr. Eric Cole continues his discussion of the path to becoming a CISO in this episode of Life of a CISO. The path to becoming a world-class CISO begins with more than just technical and strategic abilities. What you need is a world-class CISO’s approach, focus, and attitude. Your mentality is the most prevalent obstacle to achieving your dream job. “I don’t think I’m CISO material,” said one student, according to Dr. Cole. The issue preventing you from gaining your dream CISO job is your lack of self-confidence. Believe in yourself, and success will follow.

Dr. Cole discusses the five challenges, his own insights, and suggestions for how to improve in each area. The incapacity to communicate is the most difficult challenge to overcome. Listening is more important than speaking when it comes to good communication.

Tune in to this week’s episode to learn about the other obstacles that prevent a CISO from becoming world-class.

In this episode:

  • 0:30– I want you to be world-class

  • 01:30-Believe in yourself to get the job

  • 2:30– Show up to be successful

  • 5:15– Your identity dictates your future

  • 6:30– Everyone has a first time

  • 7:30– What do I do to convince you, you are CISO material

  • 8:25– Get rid of the limiting beliefs

  • 10:10– You are closer than you think

  • 11:55– Ask, focus and watch your words

  • 12:40– Five challenges that many CISOs have

  • 14:40– Communication starts with proper listening

  • 17:30– Listen before you speak

  • 19:30– Make your conversation super condensed

  • 21:08– Listen and follow up

  • 21:40– How many questions do you ask?

  • 23:17– Take pen and paper notes

  • 24:18– Start paying attention

  • 25:45– a world-class CISO is a translator

  • 26:00– Switch between technical and business

  • 27:10– Why do so many CISOs only talk technical?

  • 29:11– Figure out your strong areas and improve

  • 30:30– Read and sign up for business courses

  • 30:50– Immerse yourself in it