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Surviving Infosec: Keep Calm & Make Time For Yourself
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5/18/2016 | 1:54:50 PM
Useful Advice...But with a caveat
I enjoyed reading the article you've written about "Surviving Infosec."  It did remind me of some of my past life as a CISO.  Overall, I agree with your advice but I'd also like to offer a caveat.

Essentially being a CISO is almost an "all or nothing proposition."  Probably in the minds of your CEO/Board/CIO (or whoever you work for) you were hired to stop hacks, stop breaches, stop security failings, stop vulnerabilities, etc.

Your job is to be perfect yet you probably don't have adequate resources or clout to do your job.  And...even if you did have "...adequate resources..." (whatever that is), you will still not be successful to please the bosses who hold you to a level of perfection that no one else in the business is compared.

Essentially you have outside, and probably internal pressure to be perfect and to stop the cyber security events I've listed above.

Sadly, there is no true solution to this quandary.  You have to sustain an attitude of "I did my best under the circumstances," and you also need to continuously think outside of the box to bring to bear solutions to solve your infosec problems and still give your bosses the confidence you are doing the right thing.

So, good luck to all CISOs and security leaders....it is a tough job (that I loved) but you cannot think in terms of "win or lose" or you will simply burn out.

Ernie Hayden CISSP, CEH, GICSP(Gold), PSP


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