Building CISO Relevance: Written For BitSight

BitSight is a very interesting security startup that is trying to do something we all have wanted for a long time. Their goal is to find ways to actually quantify risk in a measurable, objective way. If they achieve anything close to that goal, it’s a big deal. I went to work for CORE Security because they are in that same space: using data to provide objective insight into the risk an organization faces.

I was happy to post as a guest on BitSight’s blog because of that. I chose to hit on my favorite topic, being relevant to your business. I think it’s a pretty good read and you should check it out.

I’ve got no interest in BitSight other than wanting to see a good security idea succeed.

Here’s what I think is the key bit of the whole thing.

… security leaders are not outsiders. You don’t need to gain a seat at the table or learn the business or align with the business. You’re already a part of the business—that’s why they hired you. You just need to be relevant to your business.

Go read the whole thing.

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About Eric Cowperthwaite

Nearly 30 year security professional, 11 years in the US Army, and another 18 in the civilian world. Worked for EDS for 9 years, then for Providence Health & Services as their CSO for 7 years. Now I work for CORE Security as their VP, Advanced Security & Strategy. This blog is not just about security, either physical or information. You can expect to read about cigars, my life, things I think are funny and much more. And I will rail about the FUD that so many security practitioners toss around on a regular basis. Plus, once in a great while, I might actually share a thought or two about security. Did I mention that I will probably blog about cigars? Just to be clear, nothing that I write here represents the position or opinion of my employer. Nothing I write here is proprietary or confidential to my employer. Everything I write here is my personal opinion.
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