Challenges and Keys to Success for Today’s CISO from the Former CISO at the CIA

Being a CISO is hard. Robert Bigman knows this firsthand. Having served as the second CISO in the history of the CIA, he was initially responsible for defining what the CISO role would be and how he could have the greatest influence and impact on the agency’s security posture.

Now, as an independent consultant, Bigman works with the U.S. Government, foreign governments, and Fortune 50 companies to help them both build productive cybersecurity programs and successfully resist attacks from the most sophisticated hackers.

Read this tip sheet to learn why Bigman says these are the biggest challenges of being a CISO:

  1. Not doing IT well as an organization
  2. Spending the bulk of your time on reactive projects

And why you need to:

  1. Instill a sense of responsibility in your IT organization for cybersecurity
  2. Stop focusing on compliance

About Robert Bigman

Robert Bigman worked at the CIA for 30 years on various cyber security assignments on policy, cryptography, and technology operations support, and was the agency CISO for the last 15 years.

He is an information security trailblazer and participated in developing security measures for government computers well before the commercial industry found the Internet. Now an independent consultant, Bigman works with the U.S. Government, foreign governments, and Fortune 50 companies, helping them both build productive cyber security programs and successfully resist attacks from the most sophisticated hackers.

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