In this episode of “Life of a CISO,” hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, Dr. Cole delves into the crucial role of mindset in achieving one’s aspirations, particularly for those aiming to become a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole emphasizes the significance of self-belief and the detrimental impact of negative self-talk. He introduces a practical exercise where individuals identify and highlight their skills and qualities, helping them recognize their suitability for the CISO role. This episode provides valuable insights into overcoming self-doubt and fostering self-confidence in the pursuit of a career in cybersecurity, ultimately guiding listeners on a path to unlock their potential.

Dr. Cole also introduces his second podcast, “Bulletproof Cyber,” where he delves further into mindset challenges faced by cybersecurity professionals. He emphasizes the unique challenges that cybersecurity experts, often prone to focusing on vulnerabilities, face when it comes to self-perception and mindset. Dr. Cole’s central message is clear: self-awareness and proactive self-improvement are key to overcoming self-doubt, enabling professionals to tap into their true potential within the realm of cybersecurity, and more specifically, in the role of a CISO.

In this episode:

  • 1:00 Introduction and the importance of mindset
  • 6:20– Self-doubt
  • 15:00– Skill assessment
  • 20:00– Skill enhancement
  • 25:00– Bulletproof Cyber
  • 27:00– Unique challenges