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The biggest threat to you and this country today is a cyber attack. Are you protected? Find out now with Dr. Eric Cole, former special agent for the CIA and current CEO of Secure Anchor.

Life of a CISO with Dr. Eric Cole Dr. Eric Cole

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

The biggest threat to you and this country today is a cyber attack. Are you protected? Find out now with Dr. Eric Cole, former special agent for the CIA and current CEO of Secure Anchor.

    Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned

    In this episode of "Life of a CISO" with Dr. Eric Cole, listeners are reminded that to reach the next level in their careers, they must embrace change and pivot from their current mindset. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of listening more than speaking, asking the right questions, and focusing on quality over quantity in interactions. He discusses the need for confidence and identity shift, advising against the urge to constantly prove oneself. Additionally, Dr. Cole highlights the critical role of providing solutions rather than just identifying problems, and emphasizes that as CISOs, the focus should be on revenue and profit, speaking the language of business in the boardroom. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights and lessons for aspiring and current CISOs to navigate their roles effectively.

    • 31 min
    ZERO TRUST

    ZERO TRUST

    In this episode of "Life of a CISO" with Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on the importance of prioritizing foundational cybersecurity measures over chasing new technologies. Dr. Cole emphasizes the prevalence of companies getting caught up in the hype of artificial intelligence (AI) and other buzzwords, while neglecting simple yet effective security strategies. He advocates for implementing a Zero Trust approach, especially at the application level, to isolate and contain potential compromises. Dr. Cole shares anecdotes and examples, highlighting the significant impact of basic security practices, such as patching servers and blocking attachments in emails, in mitigating cyber threats. Ultimately, he urges cybersecurity professionals to prioritize foundational security measures before adopting new technologies to ensure robust protection against evolving threats.

    • 24 min
    BEING A CISO

    BEING A CISO

    In the latest episode of "Life of a CISO" with Dr. Eric Cole, the focus shifts to the essential strategies for CISOs aiming to excel in their roles. Dr. Cole emphasizes the significance of understanding the existing security infrastructure before implementing sweeping changes, cautioning against the common mistake of assuming everything is broken upon assuming the position. He stresses the importance of building rapport with the existing security team and other executives, highlighting the necessity of effective management and relationship-building skills for CISOs, who often transition from technical backgrounds. Additionally, Dr. Cole underscores the need for clear risk posture within organizations, advocating for collaborative efforts with executives to define acceptable risks and prioritize critical assets for protection. He advises CISOs to communicate transparently with executives regarding resource limitations and evolving security threats to garner support for necessary initiatives and resource allocations. Through these strategic approaches, CISOs can establish themselves as effective leaders capable of navigating complex cybersecurity landscapes.

    • 30 min
    Becoming A CISO

    Becoming A CISO

    In this episode of "Life of a CISO" with Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on the mindset shift needed to become a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole addresses common frustrations of aspiring CISOs who struggle to land roles despite the demand for cybersecurity professionals. He emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself as CISO material, highlighting that success starts with changing one's mindset and internal narrative. By shifting focus from self-doubt to self-assurance, individuals can align their beliefs with their goals, paving the way for opportunities. Dr. Cole underscores the significance of rewriting CVs to reflect a CISO's strategic mindset and business acumen rather than technical expertise. Additionally, he provides insights on interview strategies, urging candidates to infuse discussions with business-oriented language and demonstrate an understanding of organizational goals and growth metrics. Overall, the episode emphasizes the transformative power of self-belief and strategic positioning in achieving CISO aspirations.

    • 31 min
    Core Skills For Working In Cyber

    Core Skills For Working In Cyber

    In this episode of "Life of a CISO" by Dr. Eric Cole, the host focuses on helping Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and those aspiring to become CISOs. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of mindset, technical/strategic skills, and soft skills in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. He shares insights on transitioning from technical roles to strategic ones, highlighting the need to align security efforts with business goals. Dr. Cole also discusses the common challenges faced by CISOs and individuals aspiring to the role, offering strategies to overcome them.

    • 32 min
    Keep Cyber Simple

    Keep Cyber Simple

    In this episode of "Life of a CISO" with Dr. Eric Cole, the core message centers on simplifying cybersecurity for effective communication with executives. Dr. Cole stresses the need to break down complex concepts into straightforward terms, focusing on risk management by understanding the probability of loss, threats, vulnerabilities, likelihood, and impact. He addresses server-side risks, emphasizing the importance of fully patching servers accessible from the internet to mitigate cyber threats. Additionally, the episode highlights the prevalence of phishing attacks on the client side and suggests a simple solution—consider disallowing embedded links in external emails. Dr. Cole advocates for a data-driven approach, presenting risks in a simplified format to the board and recommending fixing the top three out of eight identified risks, showcasing a practical and balanced cybersecurity strategy within budget constraints.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Jim Mullahey ,

Outstanding content and great delivery

Dr. Cole delivers incredible content in a concise and relatively entertaining manner.
This is a must listen for senior managers in cybersecurity, especially those like myself sharpening skills to become an outstanding vCISO.
The greatest takeaway might be the stories that make the content more relatable to business executives.

NavyJen ,

Perfect Timing

I found him on YouTube and I love every bit of his advice. Clear and to the point. Love it!

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