Dec 10, 2020
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For CISOs and other security leaders, suffering from imposter
syndrome seems inevitable. How can you ever be really confident
when there's an endless stream of threats and a landscape that
changes without your knowledge?
Check out this
post for the basis for our conversation on this week’s
episode which features me, David
producer of CISO Series, co-host Allan
Alford (@allanalfordintx), and our
Peach (@realdavidp), CISO and head of
privacy, The Economist
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On this episode of Defense in Depth, you’ll learn:
- Imposter syndrome is a feeling of not being as good as you
purport to be or others perceive you to be. Almost all security
professionals, especially CISOs, have moments of imposter
- The root of the problem is underestimating your
- Imposter syndrome can debilitate a security professional. But
the opposite is also dangerous. If you don't question your ability
and think you alone can solve things and others perceive that you
can do that as well, that's a disaster waiting to happen.
- The relentless change of technology and threats can overwhelm a
professional and feel that they can't keep up. There's a sense of
you will always be behind.
- It's not a sprint, nor a marathon. Security is an infinite
game. There's no winning and no moment of relief, but looking at it
as a journey you can see success along the way.
- There is an outside pressure that CISOs know more than they
actually do, and at the same time they don't want to disappoint
management, the business, or the team.
- Imposter syndrome can be seen as a positive when it leads to
self awareness and improvement.
- Be smart enough to know how little you do know and accept it,
but still stay on that journey to keep learning more.
- You can't teach the person who thinks they know it all.
- The flipside is you rarely get congratulated for your work as a