Cyber is a beautiful thing.
“All great things are risky and, as the saying goes, what is beautiful is difficult.” Plato
For the Cognitive CISO, the question arises, “what is the ultimate purpose of the work you do?”
Now Think about the word “PURPOSE.” What comes to mind? Something worthwhile? Something grand and noble? Something with meaning?
Well, YES to three questions: Worthwhile, grand/noble, and meaningful.
I am going to give you as a CISO something to think about. I did these questions with myself when I was a CISO. Since we are not sharing our answers, you should be exceptionally honest with yourself.
On a scale of 1 -10 with ten representing the highest degree answer the following:
1. As the CISO I bring the best of my talents and understanding of cyber, and technology to my team and my enterprise?
2. As the CISO I bring the best of my abilities and knowledge of the human condition, to my team and my enterprise?
3. I provide positive encouragement to all employees and not just my team on a daily basis?
4. Everyone in the enterprise knows, and understands my mission because I communicate the purpose regularly?
5. I am the type of CISO who walks the halls and offers positive encouragement to those struggling with cyber issues?
6. My team would say “I always show enthusiasm and appreciation for the work they do every day?”
7. My management would say “I always show enthusiasm and appreciation for the work the people in sales, accounting, back office, etc do every day?”
8. I spend more time during the workday out of my office working with people than I do in my office?
9. I educate the entire enterprise regularly about cybersecurity, and how it relates to their job?
10. I believe that a ‘compliment’ motivates people to do what is right?
Now add up your score. If your score is below forty, you need some work addressing those issues as a CISO if you genuinely desire to be a Cognitive CISO.
Remember CYBER is all about People. Without People, there would be no need for technology.