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How to become a chief information security officer

January 25, 2019 by Jeff Peters

On this episode of the CyberSpeak with InfoSec Institute podcast, Joshua Knight, cybersecurity business leader at Dimension Data, discusses his career journey as well as the steps you can take to move your career towards the path of a chief information security officer (CISO).

In the podcast, Knight and host Chris Sienko discuss:

  • Your bio says you like “using life-changing technologies to transform business, culture and society.” What do you mean by that? (1:55)
  • How did an interest in technology change into an interest in security? (2:45)
  • How has the cybersecurity landscape changed since you first got involved? (4:20)
  • How did you get involved with the NSA? (5:40)
  • What were the major steps and progression of skill sets on your path to becoming a CISO? (7:45)
  • Are your milestones still applicable to someone trying to become a CISO today or have the requirements changed? (10:30)
  • What types of jobs and responsibilities is a CISO part of on a daily basis? (14:05)
  • Does a CISO work more closely with management or the C-suite? (16:30)
  • What are the best and worst parts of being a CISO? (17:25)
  • What sort of people tend to excel in CISO positions? (21:20)
  • What role do you feel certifications play in a security career path? (22:40)
  • What types of companies require a CISO? (25:00)
  • What are some of the most common pitfalls CISO aspirants make along the way and how can they be avoided? (27:20)
  • What one thing in your current position could you do today that would help you get one step closer to becoming a CISO? (29:40)
  • Where to see security practices going in 2019 and the years to come? (30:10)
  • Tell us about your current role with Dimension Data. (32:00)

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Posted: January 25, 2019
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