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Defense in Depth

Feb 4, 2021

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Does a CISO need technical skills to be an effective cybersecurity leader? Many CISOs don't have them. Are they still effective and does it affect their ability to lead?

Check out this post for the basis for our conversation on this week’s episode which features me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series, and guest co-host Ben Sapiro, (@ironfog), CISO, Great-West LifeCo, and our guest, Zach Powers, CISO, Benchling.

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In this episode

  • Why having the skills helps with realistic expectations
  • Being able to see through the nonsense
  • The value of staying passionate about the profession