How To Be A Successful CISO

In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Cole uncovers the truth behind the mindset that led technology titans, like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, to success. Is the word No an enabler or disabler for you? Bill Gates was denied over 1,200 times before he heard Yes from an investor for Microsoft. Like other titans, he demonstrated that persistence is the key to success. Persistence is not the only technique to becoming successful in cybersecurity. The golden rule for being a successful CISO is managing risks that negatively affect your business. Cybersecurity is the #1 priority for executives because it is the only unknown risk that can bankrupt any successful business.

If you want to be successful in securing your business, listen to this episode to learn how to use cybersecurity as a business enabler.

In this episode:

  • 1:15– The world-class CISO

  • 2:26– Removing those limiting beliefs

  • 3:19– How do I act and behave like a CISO

  • 3:21– How do I speak business

  • 4:35– No one’s going to hire me as a CISO

  • 5:35– Work on your interviewing skills

  • 6:45– What is the key to success

  • 7:38– How to be successful is a billion-dollar industry

  • 9:38– Most people are afraid to ask

  • 10:50– People give up way too quickly

  • 11:03– Difference between success and failure

  • 13:07– Do not be afraid to keep asking

  • 15:52– You won’t get a ‘no’ forever

  • 16:58– Do not be afraid of a ‘no’

  • 17:22– When Elon Musk wanted to buy Twitter

  • 19:00– Bill Gates and his key to success

  • 21:20– What if a ‘no’ empowered you

  • 22:28– Is Cybersecurity something you are concerned about?

  • 25:35– How come CISOs don’t make the top five

  • 25:54– We cannot find a Cybersecurity business person

  • 28:15– Chiefs are business people

  • 28:30– Chiefs are responsible for the growth of business

  • 29:48– You must treat cybersecurity as a business enabler

  • 30:52– World-class CISOs do not make cybersecurity their top priority