In the first section of the podcast, Dr. Eric Cole highlights the key skills required to become a world-class Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He emphasizes that personality and the ability to be a team player are essential attributes for success. Dr. Cole asserts that being a CISO is about more than technical expertise; it’s about fitting into the corporate team, playing a pivotal role alongside other chief officers, and contributing to the company’s overall growth.

In the subsequent portion, Dr. Cole elaborates on the crucial traits of a top-tier CISO. He stresses that a CISO must prioritize business interests while incorporating cybersecurity strategies. The ability to communicate effectively and manage a team of security professionals is emphasized, as successful CISOs must bridge the gap between technical expertise and business acumen. Dr. Cole concludes by inviting listeners to join his coaching program to enhance their skills and excel in the role of a world-class CISO.


In this episode:

  • 1:00Introduction
  • 3:00– Skill set #1: Personality
  • 12:00– Skill set #2: Think business first and cybersecurity second
  • 16:00– Skill set #3: Master the outer letters (chief officer)
  • 18:00– Skill set #4: Communication
  • 24:00– Skill set #5: You have a team to manage