Dr. Eric Cole’s “Life of a CISO” episode emphasizes prioritizing cybersecurity risks over trendy technologies. He warns against getting too focused on buzzwords like AI and machine learning without understanding the real security risks. Cole advocates for objective risk assessment and proposes solutions to manage overwhelming security alerts, suggesting investing in better tech, reducing alerts, or increasing personnel. He stresses honest communication with executives about risks, costs, and available solutions. Ultimately, he urges CISOs to prioritize risk management and transparent communication for effective cybersecurity.