In the latest episode of “Life of a CISO” with Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on preparing oneself to become a Chief Information Security Officer, especially for those who lack experience. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of adopting the mindset and behavior of a CISO from an early stage in one’s career. Drawing parallels to the concept of social engineering, he highlights how individuals like Frank Abagnale successfully assumed roles by acting the part, demonstrating that perception often precedes official title or experience.

Dr. Cole provides actionable advice for aspiring CISOs, urging them to proactively seek opportunities to immerse themselves in the world of cybersecurity and business. From reading business books to volunteering for security awareness initiatives within their organizations, he encourages individuals to invest in developing the skills and knowledge required for the role. Moreover, Dr. Cole underscores the significance of seeking mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals, as well as the value of taking initiative and asking for opportunities to learn and contribute beyond their current roles. Through these proactive steps, individuals can lay the groundwork for a successful transition into the role of a CISO.

In this episode:

  • 1:00 – Introduction
  • 2:00 – Frank Abagnale and Social Engineering
  • 7:00 – Appearance and Perception
  • 10:00 – Paying Attention to Details
  • 14:00 – Building a CV
  • 16:00 – Taking Control of Your Future
  • 17:00 – Seeking Mentorship
  • 19:00 – The Power of Asking
  • 22:00 – Reaching Out for Advice