Want to Elevate CyberSecurity? Relationships Matter! – Mark Weatherford – CSP #22

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Communication in any organization can be a challenge, especially when working with different levels of government and the various funding mechanisms. Join this podcast to lean how one State CISO navigated the rough waters by focusing on relationships and increased security spending and knowledge of security activities across government levels. 

To view the article from the CISO COMPASS Book that sparked this interview, please visit: https://securityweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CISOCOMPASS_Mark_Weatherford_Article.pdf

Weatherford, M. 2019. Relationships Matter. In CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers, 1st Ed, pg 473. Fitzgerald, T. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl. www.amazon.com/author/toddfitzgerald.

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Full Episode Show Notes

Want to Elevate CyberSecurity? Relationships Matter!

Guests

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford – CISO at AlertEnterprise

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Mark Weatherford is the Chief Information Security Officer at AlertEnterprise, the Chief Strategy Officer (and a Board member) at the National Cybersecurity Center, and the Founding Partner at Aspen Chartered Consulting, where he provides cybersecurity consulting and advisory services to public and private sector organizations around the world.

Mark has held a variety of executive-level cybersecurity roles including Global Information Security Strategist at Booking Holdings, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour, a Principal at The Chertoff Group, Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and Chief Information Security Officer for the state of Colorado. In 2008 he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and in 2011 he was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mark is a former naval officer where he served as a cryptologist and was Director of Navy Computer Network Defense Operations, Director of the Navy Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT), and established the Navy’s first operational red team.

He is an investor and on the Advisory Board of several cybersecurity technology companies where he has a very successful track record in helping startups through the M&A process to acquisition.

Hosts

Todd Fitzgerald

Todd Fitzgerald – Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

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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.