In the latest episode of “Life of a CISO” with Dr. Eric Cole, listeners are welcomed into the world of cybersecurity leadership. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of recognizing one’s strengths and weaknesses, highlighting that no one is perfect, and that’s what makes us unique. He delves into the journey from being a security engineer to a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), stressing the need for a strategic shift rather than a simple title change. Dr. Cole challenges common misconceptions about the career path to becoming a CISO, debunking the idea that longevity as a security engineer guarantees success in the C-suite. Instead, he advocates for a nuanced approach that involves developing a diverse skill set and being mindful of one’s natural state as an artist, manager, or entrepreneur. Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, Dr. Cole empowers listeners to question conventional wisdom, embrace their natural tendencies, and navigate the complexities of cybersecurity leadership with confidence and awareness.

In this episode:

  • 1:00 – Introduction
  • 3:00 – Awareness in Cybersecurity
  • 8:00 – Strengthening Weaknesses for Career Advancement
  • 13:00 – Examining Successful CISOs’ Backgrounds
  • 15:00 – Understanding Personal Preferences
  • 22:00 – Collaborating with Others
  • 24:00 – Building Strong Teams
  • 30:00 – Embracing Diversity