The CISO Stories Podcast Episode #1 – February 09, 2021

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1. Telling Scary Stories to the Board? Stop. Here’s Why. – 10:00 AM-10:30 AM

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CISOs today have varied tenures at organizations depending upon their ability to master learning the business of the organization. Join this podcast to learn how to translate information security technical issues into a business-focused language and determine the right amount of technical language to share with executives.

To view the article from the CISO COMPASS Book that sparked this interview, please visit: https://securityweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/CISOSTORIES_MischelKwon_CCExtract.pdf

Kwon, M. 2019. Communicating Security Progress and Needs with Business-focused Leadership. In CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers, 1st Ed, pg 30. Fitzgerald, T. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl.

To purchase the book: www.amazon.com/author/toddfitzgerald.

This segment is sponsored by Cybereason. Visit https://www.cybereason.com/cisostories to learn more about them!


Mischel Kwon

Mischel Kwon – CEO at W@tchTower, LLC

Mischel Kwon is the founder and CEO of W@tchTower. She brings a rare blend of hands-on experience, academic research and training, and a seasoned understanding of how to build security operations organizations from inception. Mischel has more than 35 years of broad IT and security experience, ranging from application design and development, to network architecture and deployment, to building and implementing security operations centers, as she did when she built the first Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) to monitor and defend the Department of Justice network against cyber threats while serving as the Deputy Director for IT Security Staff at the United States Department of Justice.



Todd Fitzgerald- Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative


Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.