Here's a short list of key, NON-technical skills and trainings for CISOs and those who aspire to be a #CISO. Tech skills are important, but most #cybersecurity pros who reach senior positions will succeed or fail based on so-called "soft skills" (I hate that phrase). #CISOSkills
1. Management skills. When I interview manager candidates, I ask "What's your management framework?" There's no ONE right answer, but you should have SOME formal system for managing. My favorite is Situational #Leadership@sitlead_cls. Their multi-day training is 🔥🔥 #CISOSkills
Situational Leadership defines leadership as "influencing people". The model works in influencing up, down, & laterally. We put ALL our managers through this. Their 360 process will show you how your leadership style is perceived by coworkers and direct reports. #CISOSkills
Over the last year @CLTCBerkeley has looked at the range of cyberattacks targeting civil society organizations and the existing ecosystem of support those orgs receive to counter these attacks. We’ve published our report today: cltc.berkeley.edu/defendingpvos/ /1
We focused our report on “politically vulnerable organizations” – in other words, orgs whose work makes them the focus of targeted cyberattacks as a means to achieve political ends (as opposed to criminal or mischief) /2
Previous research shows us that nonprofits in general suffer from poor cybersecurity posture. This is hardly a surprise – any type of IT investment is expensive, and only 1 in 11 IT professionals have any background in security. /3
I've had my 2nd coffee and it's time for another #infosec rant. This one is aimed, with love, at my white male colleagues in this biz. I love that many of us are helping our brothers and sisters build their careers in infosec. But PLEASE be careful with the advice you give out.
Before we white dudes give career advice to others, we have to consider that the tech industry (including #infosec) still has HUGE double standards when it comes to race and gender. Thus, what worked for ME might actually be harmful advice for a woman or for a black man.
One obvious example is: "You don't need a college degree." I'm a college dropout myself - I did 2 yrs of a CS degree before deciding that school wasn't for me. By the time my class graduated, I'd already co-founded @rapid7. Great!
Before #WalkAway took off (with surprising rapidity), Straka was a performance artist and stylist in New York. His most recent work appears to have been this show, showing his evolution away from #TheResistance. Here’s a link to the GoFundMe gofundme.com/resist-a-rock-…
His first announcement of the #WalkAway campaign was on May 26th. However, shortly after the dates of his show, on a Facebook post dated 10/27/17, we see the following exchange after a post about @TheEllenShow, which appears to be the first public use of the “walk away” idea.
Testifying before House Armed Services Cmte, U. of Cincinnati political science prof. Dr. Richard Harknett says Russian cyber operations "are not hacks or thefts or even espionage — we are facing comprehensive strategic campaigns to undermine our national sources of power."
Dr. Harknett: "I don't know why we should afford first amendment rights to bots... If an issue is trending because of foreign manipulation, that's not free speech." #CyberSecurity
Heather Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, tells Senate Armed Services Cmte:
"Russia exploits the weaknesses it finds. They're exploiting weaknesses that already exist." Need to help Americans understand what is coming.
Is the US any better prepared today than we were one year ago to resist foreign intervention in our next presidential election?
The clock is ticking, and it'll happen again unless we prepare. #FairElections
2/ There appear to be two main avenues requiring active defenses: #cybersecurity / hacking, and disinformation / #FakeNews
3/ From my vantage, governments who conduct elections, and corporations who curate #SocialMedia & news are treading water. The next Presidential election is 3 years away, and we've let one year slip away. #FairElections