The biggest threat to you and this country today is a cyber attack. Are you protected? Find out now with Dr. Eric Cole, former special agent for the CIA and current CEO of Secure Anchor.
Dr. Eric Cole's latest episode of "Life of a CISO" delves into the importance of reflection and gratitude in a cybersecurity professional's journey. He highlights the tendency to focus on the next challenge without acknowledging past achievements. Dr. Cole emphasizes the value of appreciating accomplishments and the need to strike a balance between aiming higher and acknowledging current successes. Moreover, he reminds CISOs not to overlook the core essence of cybersecurity, urging them to maintain a strong cybersecurity foundation while embracing their role as Chief Information Security Officers. He underscores the significance of understanding and communicating cybersecurity risks to executives, encouraging a shift in perspective towards cybersecurity as a business enabler rather than just an overhead function. Dr. Cole concludes by outlining three key aspects: accepting the inevitability of risk, establishing a clear risk posture, and prioritizing critical data protection in orga
30/11/2023 • 24 minutes 34 seconds
Cybersecurity Focus: Communication & Risk
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," Dr. Eric Cole delves into the critical pillars of cybersecurity: communication and risk. He emphasizes the struggle faced by CISOs in effectively communicating the cybersecurity landscape to executives, highlighting the disconnect between technical expertise and the ability to convey its significance in business terms. Dr. Cole emphasizes the need for CISOs to become proficient communicators, adept at translating technical jargon into dollars and cents. By showcasing the importance of clear, concise communication regarding cybersecurity risks, he underscores the necessity of aligning cybersecurity strategy with organizational goals.
23/11/2023 • 29 minutes 50 seconds
Focus On The Problem NOT The Solution
Dr. Eric Cole's "Life of a CISO" episode emphasizes prioritizing cybersecurity risks over trendy technologies. He warns against getting too focused on buzzwords like AI and machine learning without understanding the real security risks. Cole advocates for objective risk assessment and proposes solutions to manage overwhelming security alerts, suggesting investing in better tech, reducing alerts, or increasing personnel. He stresses honest communication with executives about risks, costs, and available solutions. Ultimately, he urges CISOs to prioritize risk management and transparent communication for effective cybersecurity.
16/11/2023 • 28 minutes 35 seconds
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, Dr. Cole discusses the concept of Zero Trust in cybersecurity. Zero Trust is all about minimizing access, controlling access, and information, focusing on designing and building environments that contain and control any potential breaches. Zero Trust involves segmentation at various levels to ensure that if any entity gets compromised, it can't impact any other entities. Dr. Cole emphasizes that embracing the reality of potential breaches is crucial and highlights the importance of both ultra segmentation and mega detection in implementing Zero Trust. He explains how implementing micro-level Zero Trust by running applications in separate virtual machines can significantly reduce the risk of ransomware. Additionally, he discusses the importance of isolating computers on separate VLANs and deploying internal firewalls for high-level segmentation. Monitoring and tracking data outbound is also a key aspect of Zero Trust. Dr.
09/11/2023 • 33 minutes 58 seconds
Cybersecurity is a Business Problem
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, Dr. Cole emphasizes a crucial point: cybersecurity is not merely an IT or technical issue; it's fundamentally a business problem. He argues that if everyone, from executives to cybersecurity professionals, understands and acts upon this concept, it would lead to significant changes. Dr. Cole highlights that while IT focuses on technical solutions, such as uptime and availability, cybersecurity is primarily concerned with risk, and risk is a business issue. The episode delves into the need for better communication from CISOs, particularly in showing the value and benefits of cybersecurity to the board and executives. Dr. Cole provides a three-phased approach for CISOs to improve their communication and demonstrates how this shift can transform cybersecurity from an overhead cost to a business enabler, even showing cost savings and involvement in risk discussions with executives.
02/11/2023 • 33 minutes 43 seconds
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, Dr. Cole delves into the crucial role of mindset in achieving one's aspirations, particularly for those aiming to become a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole emphasizes the significance of self-belief and the detrimental impact of negative self-talk. He introduces a practical exercise where individuals identify and highlight their skills and qualities, helping them recognize their suitability for the CISO role. This episode provides valuable insights into overcoming self-doubt and fostering self-confidence in the pursuit of a career in cybersecurity, ultimately guiding listeners on a path to unlock their potential. Dr. Cole also introduces his second podcast, "Bulletproof Cyber," where he delves further into mindset challenges faced by cybersecurity professionals. He emphasizes the unique challenges that cybersecurity experts, often prone to focusing on vulnerabilities, face whe
26/10/2023 • 27 minutes 19 seconds
What Is the Problem You Are Trying To Solve?
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, Dr. Cole emphasizes the significance of addressing the right problems within the realm of cybersecurity. He highlights how often organizations are quick to invest in new technologies without fully assessing the underlying issues. Dr. Cole draws attention to the common misstep of acquiring more security tools without a corresponding increase in personnel to manage and respond to alerts effectively. He presents a clear choice: either augment the team by hiring more security professionals or fine-tune the existing technology to generate a manageable number of critical alerts. Dr. Cole's insightful perspective underscores the need for a strategic approach to risk reduction and the importance of avoiding hasty, tech-centric solutions that can exacerbate problems in the long run.
19/10/2023 • 31 minutes 43 seconds
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, he discusses the common challenges faced by Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) in terms of managing their workload and resources. Dr. Cole emphasizes the misconception that being overly busy and overwhelmed is rewarded in society, especially for CISOs, and explains that the key to success is not busyness but focus and effective resource management. He encourages CISOs to adopt a data-driven approach when dealing with overwhelming workloads. By tracking their time down to 15-minute intervals and providing objective data to their executives, CISOs can demonstrate the impossibility of completing all tasks within a limited timeframe. Dr. Cole advises CISOs to engage in open and honest discussions with their superiors and prioritize tasks based on their impact on the organization. Furthermore, he suggests that this approach can lead to a more productive work environment and
12/10/2023 • 27 minutes 35 seconds
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, he explores critical facets of personal and professional development. Dr. Cole underlines the significance of focusing on four key dimensions: the body, mindset, relationships, and business. First and foremost, he stresses the importance of prioritizing physical health, advocating for regular exercise and a wholesome diet as foundational elements for achieving success. Furthermore, Dr. Cole delves into the power of mindset, encouraging listeners to identify and challenge limiting beliefs that may hinder their personal growth. Cultivating a positive and confident mindset is essential for professional advancement. Additionally, he highlights the role of relationships, emphasizing the difference between invigorating connections and those that drain energy. By assessing and nurturing personal and professional relationships, individuals can significantly impact their overall success. Dr. Cole conclud
05/10/2023 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
Being a World Class CISO
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, he discusses the journey from being an average Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to becoming a world-class CISO. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of changing one's mindset and identity, moving from the perception of being average to recognizing the greatness within oneself. He emphasizes that being world-class doesn't mean competing against others but rather striving to be the best version of oneself. Dr. Cole stresses the need for continuous growth, expansion, and thinking differently to achieve world-class status. He also highlights key skills that world-class CISOs possess, including effective time management and decision-making. Dr. Cole advises CISOs to take control of their time, block out periods for focused work, and not succumb to constant firefighting and crisis management. He encourages them to make decisions proactively, even if some may turn out t
28/09/2023 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on understanding the true nature of the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole begins by emphasizing the importance of recognizing that the business of a CISO is fundamentally about managing risk. He highlights that being a world-class CISO requires a deep understanding and embrace of risk management. Dr. Cole emphasizes the difference in mindset between security engineers and CISOs, noting that security engineers often want to fix every vulnerability, while CISOs must be comfortable with risk acceptance and making risk-based decisions that align with the organization's business goals. He provides insights into how CISOs should approach risk assessment, considering both the quantitative value and benefits of a project or initiative against the quantitative risk and exposure it presents. Ultimately, Dr. Cole stresses that success as a CISO hinges on a love for
21/09/2023 • 30 minutes 42 seconds
Becoming a CISO
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on the importance of mindset and self-belief in becoming a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole emphasizes that your words create your reality and that having a strong, confident mindset is crucial for success in the field of cybersecurity. He discusses how negative self-talk and self-doubt can hinder your progress and highlights the need to shift your mindset to believe that you are CISO material. Dr. Cole also emphasizes the importance of rewriting your CV to reflect a strategic, business-focused approach rather than a purely technical one, and he shares insights on how to excel in interviews by incorporating business-related terminology and numbers into your responses. Dr. Cole's approach centers on the idea that your mindset and self-perception play a significant role in your journey to becoming a successful CISO. By addressing and reshaping your beliefs and prese
14/09/2023 • 28 minutes 40 seconds
The CISO Checklist
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, the focus is on mastering the role of a world-class Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Dr. Cole underscores the critical importance of understanding and managing risk effectively to excel in this position. He emphasizes that a CISO's primary weapon is risk, encompassing both offense and defense. By assessing the likelihood and impact of potential threats and discerning patterns, CISOs can strategically prioritize vulnerabilities, enabling them to provide honest risk assessments to the board, aligning value with acceptable risk exposure. Dr. Cole's guidance extends beyond the tactical aspects, delving into introspection and resetting goals. He encourages CISOs to reflect on their professional journey, reset with compassion, and initiate positive changes to propel themselves toward greater accomplishments. In the discussion, Dr. Cole introduces a practical "CISO checklist," consisting of c
07/09/2023 • 26 minutes 57 seconds
The Key Weapon of a CISO: RISK
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, the spotlight shifts towards mastering the role of a world-class chief information security officer (CISO). Dr. Cole emphasizes the critical importance of understanding and managing risk effectively to excel in this position. Drawing on his vast experience, he unravels the intricate layers of risk analysis and prediction, distilling it into a pragmatic approach for CISOs. He underscores that a CISO's prime weaponry is a risk, encompassing both offense and defense. By assessing the likelihood and impact of potential threats, CISOs can discern patterns, identify vulnerabilities, and prioritize them strategically, allowing them to focus their efforts where they truly matter. This approach empowers CISOs to provide honest and accurate risk assessments to the board, enabling informed decisions that align value and benefit with acceptable risk exposure. Dr. Cole's insightful guidance extends beyond ta
31/08/2023 • 32 minutes 48 seconds
In the discussed segment, the host, Dr. Eric Cole, addresses the theme of accountability and personal agency in achieving a fulfilling life. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing oneself as the creator of their own life and explores the balance between being busy and truly enjoying life. Dr. Cole shares his perspective on the significance of making happiness a conscious decision, despite the challenges and stressors that life may present. The focus then shifts to the core topic of simplifying cybersecurity. Dr. Cole outlines the primary aspects that chief information security officers (CISOs) must consider. The first critical step is to identify and prioritize an organization's critical assets, systems, and business processes. This clarity is essential for effective security measures. Subsequently, Dr. Cole highlights the importance of establishing a risk posture—a defined level of acceptable risk for the organization. This posture acts as a guide fo
24/08/2023 • 30 minutes 57 seconds
Skills of a World Class CISO
In the first section of the podcast, Dr. Eric Cole highlights the key skills required to become a world-class Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He emphasizes that personality and the ability to be a team player are essential attributes for success. Dr. Cole asserts that being a CISO is about more than technical expertise; it's about fitting into the corporate team, playing a pivotal role alongside other chief officers, and contributing to the company's overall growth. In the subsequent portion, Dr. Cole elaborates on the crucial traits of a top-tier CISO. He stresses that a CISO must prioritize business interests while incorporating cybersecurity strategies. The ability to communicate effectively and manage a team of security professionals is emphasized, as successful CISOs must bridge the gap between technical expertise and business acumen. Dr. Cole concludes by inviting listeners to join his coaching program to enhance their skills and excel in
17/08/2023 • 29 minutes 53 seconds
Cyber is a Business Problem
In this episode of "Life of a CISO," hosted by Dr. Eric Cole, the fundamental challenge of misunderstanding cybersecurity is explored. Dr. Cole emphasizes the importance of recognizing that cybersecurity is a business problem rather than a purely technical one. Many organizations are focused on solving the wrong problem, resulting in frustrated executives, board members, and security professionals. Dr. Cole stresses that to effectively address cybersecurity, it must be treated as a business decision, involving evaluating the value and benefit of security measures against the potential risks and exposure. In this insightful episode, Dr. Cole underscores the need for a strategic shift in how cybersecurity is approached within organizations. He discusses the significance of presenting executives with clear options that balance the value of security enhancements with potential risks. Furthermore, he highlights the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (
10/08/2023 • 29 minutes 48 seconds
Do You Want to Be a CISO
In this "Life of a CISO" episode, Dr. Eric Cole poses essential questions that aspiring Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) must ponder. He explores the core aspects of the role, from managing teams and prioritizing risk to embracing the uncertainties that come with it. Dr. Cole highlights three fundamental questions for viewers to reflect upon: first, evaluating their current career trajectory and determining if the CISO path aligns with their long-term aspirations; second, identifying their true desires with conviction to pursue the CISO role wholeheartedly; and finally, understanding the need for self-development, as becoming a CISO requires transforming into a different person by aligning beliefs and values with the goal. This thought-provoking video challenges viewers to assess their ambitions and encourages them to take proactive steps toward becoming a CISO. Dr. Eric Cole's insights provide invaluable guidance for those considering the CISO
03/08/2023 • 31 minutes 51 seconds
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole defines that a CISO's primary responsibility is to identify, categorize, and present the risks and costs of cybersecurity issues to executives. They must understand the balance between functionality and security and find the sweet spot that works for their company. The law of cybersecurity states that every time you add functionality, you decrease security. Therefore, CISOs must identify and minimize risks associated with new functionalities. CISOs should be transparent with their executives and present the risks and costs of cybersecurity issues. They must provide a categorized list of unacceptable risks, the impact, and the cost to fix them. They should also be able to identify the likelihood of the risks occurring and the cost to fix them. In conclusion, a CISO's job is to balance functionality and security, minimize risks associated with new functionalities, and be transparent with executives about cyberse
27/07/2023 • 27 minutes 52 seconds
The Reality of Being a CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole talks about the importance of being authentic and knowing what you want before pursuing a career as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Many people view becoming a CISO as the ultimate goal, but it's important to recognize that it's a business role and not just a technical position. CISOs need to be able to navigate internal politics and prioritize business growth while also preventing breaches. It's important to be authentic and honest about what you want in your career.
20/07/2023 • 31 minutes 16 seconds
What is a CISO?
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole succinctly defines two critical terms in the field of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity, he explains, involves the understanding, management, and mitigation of risks associated with critical data or information being disclosed, altered, or denied access. A CISO, on the other hand, is responsible for knowing and understanding the critical data and business processes that support it, and ensuring that they are aligned with the organization's prioritized list and risk posture. The most critical thing for a CISO is to minimize risks and exposure while maximizing profitability, which is a challenging task that requires a deep understanding of the business and the risks it faces.
13/07/2023 • 28 minutes 37 seconds
Transforming Into a CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole presents the variances between change and transformation, where change is the act of performing tasks differently without modifying one's core identity, whereas transformation is the process of altering one's identity, which then leads to changes in behavior. These differences often result in people becoming stagnant, and they also explain the reasons for the failure of New Year's resolutions, causing many to revert to their original state.
06/07/2023 • 34 minutes 32 seconds
Being a RESULTS driven CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole emphasizes how If you only chase money, you will hit a cap and get frustrated. Reality is to get to where you are worth it you must drive millions and millions of dollars with results. The more results the more money.
29/06/2023 • 0
Being a RESULTS driven CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole emphasizes how If you only chase money, you will hit a cap and get frustrated. Reality is to get to where you are worth it you must drive millions and millions of dollars with results. The more results the more money.
29/06/2023 • 31 minutes 57 seconds
Growing as A CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole highlights the importance of being the best version of yourself. He emphasizes key components one should work on in order to grow as a CISO which are: technical knowledge, team management, communicating, and having a profitable mindset.
22/06/2023 • 31 minutes 22 seconds
Qualities of a World-Class CISO
In this Life of a CISO episode, Dr. Eric Cole highlights how being obsessed, making plans, mimicking other CISO’S, being teachable and scheduling your life will lead one to become a world class CISO. He emphasizes how world class chief information security officers are world class chief officers that are focused on the growth of the revenue and the growth of the profitability.
15/06/2023 • 27 minutes 5 seconds
From Trainer to Coach: Shifting Mindsets in Cybersecurity
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses the importance of effective communication and bridging the gap between technical expertise and business acumen. He highlights the shift from a "trainer" mindset to a "coach" mindset, emphasizing the need to understand executives' language and align cybersecurity strategies with organizational goals. He emphasizes that technical skills alone are insufficient for cybersecurity career growth, and professionals must cultivate business acumen to unlock their potential.
07/06/2023 • 25 minutes 26 seconds
The Role of CISOs in Business Enablement
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole highlights that a CISO's job is not solely focused on information security but also on balancing risks and enabling the organization to maximize revenue and profit. He emphasizes that to be an effective CISO, it is crucial to understand the company's business, its customers, revenue model, growth plans, and historical performance. He further focuses on the need for CISOs to be effective leaders who prioritize business objectives while managing cyber risks, rather than solely focusing on information security.
01/06/2023 • 30 minutes 49 seconds
The Mindset Of a Successful CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one's reality and success. He recounts a conversation with a client who believed that their bosses didn't respect them and wouldn't listen to them. He challenges the client's beliefs and explains that their internal thoughts, values, beliefs, and identities create their external world. He concludes by highlighting that average people focus on seeing to believe, while successful people understand that believing is seeing.
25/05/2023 • 31 minutes 49 seconds
Why Cybersecurity Is a Business Problem: Insights from a World-Class CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses the role of the CISO in addressing cybersecurity issues within a company. He emphasizes the importance of finding patterns and fixing the root cause of cybersecurity problems while also highlighting common patterns where people tend to struggle with cybersecurity. Watch this episode to understand what are some of the ultimate goals of a CISO.
18/05/2023 • 29 minutes 29 seconds
Show Up As A World-Class CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole offers tips and advice for individuals striving to become World-Class Chief Information Security Officers. Topics include identifying barriers to success and developing strategies to overcome them, building confidence and self-worth, improving communication skills, and practicing continuous learning and skill development. He also discusses the ideal attributes and skills of a successful CISO, as well as the importance of being open to change and willing to reprogram habits to achieve success. Whether you are already a world-class CISO or are at the cusp of becoming one, these tips can help you achieve your goals and perform at your best.
11/05/2023 • 30 minutes 33 seconds
What is Holding You Back from Being a World-Class CISO?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains the different barriers that could be holding you back from reaching that World-Class Level. There are multiple ways to reach the World-Class Level, some quicker than others. Watch this episode to understand how Dr. Eric Cole can help you reach that level, if your given the chance.
04/05/2023 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
What Are The Primary Responsibilities Of A CISO?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole defines the responsibilities of a CISO in detail which is overseeing and implementing an organization's information security program along with keeping up to date with the latest security trends and technologies to ensure that the organization is prepared to handle any potential threats. Watch this episode to understand how a CISO can excel in their area of business.
27/04/2023 • 27 minutes 42 seconds
How do you show up as a CISO?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about the importance of showing up as a CISO regardless of what your status is. It doesn't matter if you where you are now, its the drive and focus to where you want to be! Act world-class and before you know it you will be world-class!
20/04/2023 • 26 minutes 11 seconds
How Can CISOs Build A Rapport With The Executives?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about laser and targeted communication with the executives that can get you the solutions that you seek.
10/04/2023 • 25 minutes 21 seconds
How Should CISOs Brief The Executives?
In this episode of Life of A CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains how you can brief the executives in a manner that will be beneficial for them. Speak in a language that they will understand and in order to do that you have to finesse your communication skills. Tap into your self-confidence and be persistent with your approach. Watch this episode to better understand the skills required to excel in this area.
06/04/2023 • 23 minutes 15 seconds
Difference between World-Class and Average CISOs
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole differentiates between average and world-class. He urges you to find your purpose and become the best at what you do. What is a decision that you can make right now that will change the trajectory of your life, and career?
30/03/2023 • 20 minutes 43 seconds
Five Challenges You Face as a CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole points out the five challenges every CISO faces in order to succeed in their journey. Normally, everyone has the technical and logistical aspects of their jobs nailed down but what they neglect is the mindset they need to fully excel in this field.
23/03/2023 • 21 minutes 42 seconds
World-Class In All Areas Of Your Life
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole reminds you to take a quarterly check of your yearly goals and make the sacrifices needed to achieve them. Are you willing to go the extra mile? Are you willing to put in the effort required to make a name in this life as a World-Class CISO?
16/03/2023 • 21 minutes 56 seconds
Dr. Eric Cole’s Journey to Becoming A CISO (Part 2)
In this two-part episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about how his journey started in this field. How he began, what failures he had to combat, and the steps he took to move closer to success.
09/03/2023 • 32 minutes 59 seconds
The Journey To Becoming A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about how his journey started in this field, how he began, and what steps he took that pushed him closer to success.
02/03/2023 • 35 minutes 6 seconds
How Should CISOs Brief The Executives?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole breaks down the importance of CISOs adopting the role of a translator in board meetings. Executives are looking for CISOs to bridge the gap between them and security engineers to understand better and focus on the solutions.
23/02/2023 • 33 minutes 49 seconds
Four Areas of Being a World-Class CISO- (Part 2)
Dr. Eric Cole believes in the idea of being world-class in all areas of your life to excel in your career. In this two-part episode of the Life Of a CISO, he explains the four main areas to focus on if you want to optimize the quality of your life.
16/02/2023 • 31 minutes 28 seconds
Four Areas Of Being A World-Class CISO (Part 1)
Dr. Eric Cole believes in the idea of being world-class in all areas of your life to excel in your career. In this episode of the Life Of a CISO, he explains the four main areas to focus on if you want to optimize the quality of your life.
10/02/2023 • 35 minutes 9 seconds
Why Should CISOs Embrace All Data Breaches?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole urges CISOs to embrace the breach and have honest conversations with the executives in their organization. World-class CISOs understand breaches are inevitable and must have a plan of action to tackle them.
02/02/2023 • 31 minutes 33 seconds
How Can CISOs Reframe A Situation?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses the power of reframing a situation. Instead of approaching a situation with an immediate reaction of rejection, he inspires you to have a different perspective to navigate and mitigate a solution for the situation and how this ties into the mindset of being a world-class CISO.
26/01/2023 • 29 minutes 13 seconds
How do CISOS become world-class?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Cole takes you through the journey of pushing your limits to the max and forcing yourself out of your comfort zones to reach your full potential as a World-Class CISO.
19/01/2023 • 31 minutes 25 seconds
How Can Cybersecurity Attacks Affect Your Company?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole’s aim is to enlighten the audience on how a CISO can help other business units rather than have an adverse almost unapproachable relationship with other C-level executives. He focuses on the importance of listening to what the problems are and combating them.
13/01/2023 • 32 minutes 42 seconds
What strategies should CISOs apply to be world-class?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole enlightens his audience on a strategy that will guarantee success in their lives. Something as simple as writing down your goals for the week and working towards them can turn your ideas into concrete plans for success. One of Dr. Eric’s main strategies is to not focus on the negatives but on the positives. Taking Nos as a ladder to success is a key element. Watch this episode to get more insight into how World-Class CISOs formulate a plan for themselves and why they need to keep pushing if they want to achieve the highest status in this field.
05/01/2023 • 31 minutes 14 seconds
The Responsibilities Faced By A New CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole enlightens us about the key areas to focus on if you are a brand new CISO in an organization. What are the strategies to implement? What are some non-negotiable deals that should never be compromised on? Watch this episode to understand how to excel in the cyber world as a brand-new CISO.
29/12/2022 • 32 minutes 8 seconds
Targets, Focuses, and Prioritizations for CISOs
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole breaks down the idea of having future goals into realistic six-month targets that can easily be achieved. Your goals can either be brilliant or crazy, but they need to be exciting to stay motivated. What are you focused on and how close are you to achieving it?
22/12/2022 • 33 minutes 8 seconds
How CISOs Enable All Business Areas
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole’s aim is to enlighten the audience on how a CISO can help other business units rather than have an adverse almost unapproachable relationship with other C-level executives.
15/12/2022 • 32 minutes 17 seconds
How A CISO Enables The Business
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole’s aim is to enlighten the audience on how a CISO can help other business units rather than have an adverse almost unapproachable relationship with other C-level executives.
15/12/2022 • 32 minutes 17 seconds
What Is A World-Class CISO?
In this episode of the life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about having the right mindset to adapt to the qualities a CISO must preserve. World-Class people are always improving, spreading their knowledge, and understanding what needs to be done to be the best in this field.
08/12/2022 • 33 minutes 20 seconds
How do CISOs translate business language to board members?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole points out the key elements CISOs need to adapt to excel as a translator in the board rooms. The focal point to consider is learning how to communicate and listen.
01/12/2022 • 32 minutes 25 seconds
How do CISOs show up as C-Level executives?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole lists down techniques for brand new CISOs elevating in this field to look into when it comes to joining the C-level suite.
24/11/2022 • 34 minutes 10 seconds
Top 10 Characteristics of a CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains the top ten characteristics a successful CISO must have. Other than being well-versed in the technical aspects of this role, it’s important to mentally be strong to tackle any challenges along the way.
17/11/2022 • 30 minutes 34 seconds
How do CISOs measure success?
In this continuation of the previous episode, Dr. Eric Cole sheds light on how to measure security with realistic metrics. Some areas to consider while applying for the CISO position would be: Why is it unfortunate for a CISO to work under the CIO? How can it limit their reach? Why should CISOs branch out after working for the CIO?
11/11/2022 • 32 minutes 56 seconds
How To Measure Your Success As A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric explains the importance of defining clear metrics when it comes to cybersecurity. You cannot manage what you can’t measure.
03/11/2022 • 33 minutes 50 seconds
How Do CISOs Make An Impact On Executives?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole educates us about the principles you must follow if you’re a brand new CISO making their way into this field. You must understand the business to make a lasting impact on the executives. How can you help with the business? What differentiates us from our competitors? What business are we really in? Watch this episode to analyze the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ you must follow to reach the desired position as a CISO.
27/10/2022 • 31 minutes 10 seconds
How can CISOs utilize their expertise to generate multiple sources of income?
World-Class people have multiple sources of income by utilizing their skills and expertise. In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole dwells on this to branch out your services as a CISO to other areas of business one of which can be an Expert witness.
20/10/2022 • 31 minutes 35 seconds
What 90-day targets should a CISO have?
In this episode, Dr. Eric Cole offers his ‘Ninja tricks’ to tackle any form of risk and exposure the organization may face. He breaks down the process into columns, ranging from the highest priority item to deal with to the lowest priority. He believes that keeping realistic targets can help you accomplish most of what you need to do to be successful and achieve your goals.
13/10/2022 • 32 minutes 31 seconds
How World-Class CISOs Handle Rejection
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole challenges you to defy any obstacle that is affecting your ability to apply for your dream position. Before reaching the highest status, there will be bumps in the road. Every world-class leader once found a way to benefit from failures by changing their mindset. The important of rejection is using the emotional and physical aspects to push yourself up the ladder toward your goal.
06/10/2022 • 29 minutes 43 seconds
How To Use Cybersecurity As A Business Enabler
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses the importance of using cybersecurity as a business enabler. As part of being a world-class CISO, one must be a business enabler. This means understanding and accepting that a C-level title equates to being an executive or leader in cybersecurity. To be a world-class leader you must be able to inflict actions and communication that promotes positive outcomes for the business.
29/09/2022 • 30 minutes 58 seconds
First 60 Days as a New CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole gives his expert advice on how to excel as a new CISO during the first 60 days of their career. It’s important to not make decisions but to listen, learn and ask a lot of questions. Absorbing every bit of detail and information that could help you understand the business better will be a step up into this journey. Watch this episode to get an insight into how to survive and hold your ground as a renowned World-Class CISO.
22/09/2022 • 31 minutes 28 seconds
Adapting and Adjusting as a CISO
Check out this episode of Life of a CISO, where Dr. Eric Cole provides techniques for you to implement to advance as a Chief Information Security Officer. Keep in mind that excellence is a habit, not an act. One of Eric's most productive habits is asking himself "What changes can I make to improve and see results?” because doing the same thing repeatedly without seeing any results can be the definition of insanity. Cybersecurity is not a static field. It requires adjusting, adapting, and being up to date with the latest changes. Watch this episode of Life of a CISO to understand how to adapt to the changes a CISO needs to make to excel in this field.
15/09/2022 • 32 minutes 52 seconds
What Qualities Make You World-Class?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses the importance of figuring out your specialty. It’s important to shift your focus on what’s right instead of dwelling on everything that’s going wrong. To excel as a well-renowned World-Class CISO, pick one core area and make it your specialty.
08/09/2022 • 32 minutes 11 seconds
How CISOs Overcome Their Limiting Beliefs
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole’s focal point pivots around eradicating all the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from advancing in your career as a CISO. The two main ones are that the executives do not see you as a business leader and are not viewed as one of the ‘Cs.’ Watch this episode to understand how to fight this barrier which can be an inconvenience for your five-year logical plan.
01/09/2022 • 33 minutes 35 seconds
What Is Cybersecurity And How To Protect Your Data?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains the literal meaning of cybersecurity and how we can stay cyber-protected by keeping our data safe. That is where the role of a CISO comes in and how they should use their superpower or tool which is to use cybersecurity to enable the business. Watch this episode to get more insight into your role as a CISO.
25/08/2022 • 31 minutes 7 seconds
CISOs Accept The Risks
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole asks what are you focused on? Because ultimately that’s what you’re going to become. You will never score that high-level CISO position if you focus on not being good enough for it. Watch this episode of Life of a CISO to understand what you should focus on to succeed and what practices you need to do to convince yourself you’re CISO material.
18/08/2022 • 29 minutes 47 seconds
Three Core Areas To Excel As A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric talks about the three CORE areas you need to work on if you want to excel as a World-Class CISO. He questions his audience to think about where they are today and what obstacles they need to overcome to ace as a CISO. Watch this episode to pin down the three core areas you need to exceed and what you must do to overcome any barriers you may face along the way.
12/08/2022 • 29 minutes
How To Brief A Board Of Directors?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains to the audience that treating people how they want to be treated is the only way to effectively communicate and build connections. Using these skills will further ace your tactics to brief a board of directors and what exactly you need to work on to create a lasting impact. Watch this episode to find out how you brief a room full of directors, the questions you need to ask, and what to avoid when a situation arises.
04/08/2022 • 32 minutes 21 seconds
World-Class CISOs Have Coaches
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about the benefits of having a life coach helping you eradicate all the limiting beliefs that hold you back. Why do you believe you’re not CISO material? He suggests writing a detailed description of an ideal CISO and highlighting your traits. Before you know it, your doubts about yourself will slowly vanish.
28/07/2022 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
Ask The Right Questions
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole emphasizes the fact that smart people know all the right answers, but brilliant people ask all the right questions. To be world-class you must be experts in asking the right questions. The golden question one must always be prepared to ask is, “What options am I not considering?” Thinking outside the box, and removing yourself from your comfort zones will help you achieve the unimaginable.
21/07/2022 • 30 minutes 10 seconds
Six Month Target Of A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole breaks down the idea of having future goals into realistic six-month targets that can easily be achieved. Your goals can either be brilliant or crazy, but they need to be exciting to stay motivated.
14/07/2022 • 33 minutes 22 seconds
The Key Element Of A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole highlights the fact that communication is a two-way street. Listening is an integral part of communication, one that makes you a World-Class CISO. To effectively communicate, you must listen and understand to create an empowering conversation. Listen to this week’s podcast here, and let us know how you plan to improve your communication.
07/07/2022 • 31 minutes 31 seconds
Do you want guaranteed success?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole enlightens his audience to a strategy which will guarantee success in their lives. Something as simple as writing down your goals for the week and working towards them can turn your ideas into concrete plans for success. One of Dr.Cole’s most productive habits is a daily journal entry in which he asks himself, "What are three things I can do today to improve the quality of my life?” You will discover that implementing this strategy will not only improve your mindset but will improve your results. Watch this episode to get more insight into how World-Class CISOs formulate a plan for themselves and why they need to be translators in order to score a permanent position in the world of business.
30/06/2022 • 30 minutes 5 seconds
What Should A CISO Focus On?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole speaks about the importance of focusing on the positives in your life VS the negatives. Oftentimes we lose perspective and make our problems the focal point rather than working on coming up with the solutions. He further expands his discussion towards enlightening us about the key quality CISOS must have and what they should focus on. Watch this episode to find more about what a CISO’s focal point should be and the difference between a World-Class Security engineer VS a World-Class CISO.
23/06/2022 • 30 minutes 58 seconds
A CISO's Guide To Customizing Solutions
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole enlightens everyone to tap into their unique superpowers as every single person is blessed with one. What makes you unique and different from the rest? What is something you were always good at? Similarly, in order to be a World-Class CISO, you must foster your abilities to customize a creative solution to a problem faced by an organization. Watch this episode Life of a CISO to further understand how you must channel your abilities and formulate customized solutions in order to excel as a World-Class CISO.
16/06/2022 • 34 minutes 39 seconds
How CISOs Handle An Emergency
Dr. Eric Cole empathizes in this episode of Life of a CISO that a world-class CISO should optimize high-priority items. We've all had those days when you start the workday with a "fire." If the fire continues to spread your life is then consumed by a fire, burning all of your energy, productivity, and passion. Do you want to be a firefighter or a world-class CISO? If you are struggling and want to achieve your objectives, the most important factor is to invest in yourself. Check your current situation. What do you want to do? What actions are you taking to achieve this goal? If you are ready to be challenged and are tired of feeling like a firefighter during the workday, you must provide yourself with unlimited resources. Investing in yourself is the first step to success. Join this episode of Life of a CISO, and learn how not to be a firefighter, but how to be
09/06/2022 • 30 minutes 37 seconds
How To Create An Executive Cyber Security Resume
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole notes that if you want to become a world-class CISO, you need to be ready to execute, adapt, and adjust your plan based on the data. One of Dr. Cole’s favorite phrases is to “Let data drive decisions, not emotions. ” This mindset is an important aspect for any executive in cybersecurity. As a routine in Life of a CISO, Dr. Cole will challenge you to access and reset your position on the road to becoming a world-class CISO. What can you do to set your career on the right path? What can you say to advance your career as a CISO? Grab your CV and take a seat because, during this episode, Dr. Cole will shed some light on what criteria to bring to the table during an interview. Join this week’s podcast of Life of a CISO with Dr. Eric Cole and learn how a world-class CISO utilizes data to generate success.
02/06/2022 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
The Solutions To A Cyber Crisis
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses why cybersecurity is the number one priority for organizations. In recent events, the importance of cybersecurity has grown due to the impacts of COVID. More importantly, a problem arises between the disconnection of what is happening and what people understand. The fundamental problem is organizations are filling chief information security officer positions with individuals who are not CISOs. Are you a business enabler, can you implement solutions to real-world problems, and are you a CISO? Cybersecurity is the highest priority for an organization today, and implementing someone qualified for the position is a critical step in building a foundation for protecting your organization. Whether you are currently a CISO or want to become a CISO, this podcast will provide real-world information that will help you better understand and protect yo
27/05/2022 • 32 minutes 6 seconds
6 Characteristics Of A CISO
Dr. Eric Cole discusses the key characteristics of a world-class CISO in this episode of Life of a CISO. If you want to advance in your career, you have two choices. Option 1 is to make your own mistakes. Option 2 is to find people who have achieved your desired career goals and identify their characteristics, patterns, traits, and habits. Keep in mind that excellence is a habit, not an act. One of Eric's most productive habits is a daily journal entry in which he asks himself, "What are three things I can do today to improve my life satisfaction?" You will discover that implementing this strategy will not only improve your mindset and reach but will improve your results. Watch this episode of Life of a CISO, to identify and implement ways you can excel in your cybersecurity career path.
19/05/2022 • 33 minutes 1 second
Behave And Act Like A CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Cole uncovers the truth behind the mindset that led technology titans, like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, to success. Is the word No an enabler or disabler for you? Bill Gates denied over 1,200 times before he heard Yes from an investor for Microsoft. Like other titans, he demonstrated that persistence is the key to success. Persistence is not the only technique to becoming successful in cybersecurity. The golden rule for being a successful CISO is managing risks that negatively affect your business. Cybersecurity is the #1 priority for executives because it is the only unknown risk that can bankrupt any successful business. If you want to be successful in securing your business, listen to this episode to learn how to use cybersecurity as a business enabler.
12/05/2022 • 32 minutes 6 seconds
The Ideal CISO
Check out this episode of Life of a CISO, where Dr. Eric Cole provides techniques for you to implement to advance as a Chief Information Security Officer. First, he will cover how CISOs who evolve from a security engineer position lack the mindset needed to lead the business to success. Second, he provides insight into the most significant difference between a security engineer and a world-class CISO's understanding of their environment. A world-class CISO immerses themselves beyond the focus in their previous environment and understands the critical components of the business to make proper decisions. Most importantly, Dr. Cole will discuss the importance of having a target vision to center your focus and execute a plan to drive success. The techniques Dr. Cole discusses will provide insight for you to implement on the path to becoming a world-class CISO. Watch Life of a CISO with Dr. Eric Cole to understand ho
12/05/2022 • 31 minutes 55 seconds
5 Challenges Faced By A CISO
Dr. Eric Cole continues his discussion of the path to becoming a CISO in this episode of Life of a CISO. The path to becoming a world-class CISO begins with more than just technical and strategic abilities. What you need is a world-class CISO’s approach, focus, and attitude. Your mentality is the most prevalent obstacle to achieving your dream job. “I don’t think I’m CISO material,” said one student, according to Dr. Cole. The issue preventing you from gaining your dream CISO job is your lack of self-confidence. Believe in yourself, and success will follow. Dr. Cole discusses the five challenges, his own insights, and suggestions for how to improve in each area. The incapacity to communicate is the most difficult challenge to overcome. Listening is more important than speaking when it comes to good communication. Tune in to this week’s episode to learn about the
12/05/2022 • 32 minutes 19 seconds
Are you a CISO or an ISO?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole focuses on being a CHIEF information security officer. He stresses the importance of taking relevant charge in order to live up to the expectations a Chief should have. Every company hires a CISO and many security engineers aspire to be a CISO. But coming from either side, the company ends up with an ISO, not a CISO. In order to be a CHIEF information security officer, you have to lean into the chief part. That means focusing on being a business enabler, i.e., you need to think like an executive, not a security engineer. This episode will give you an insight on what you need to to focus on to be a Chief.
25/04/2022 • 32 minutes 46 seconds
Common External Cybersecurity Threats
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole covers the external threats that render your business vulnerable to cyberattacks. He'll further expand on last week's discussion about the mindset of a world-class CISO. "Are you focused and optimized?" is the question. A CISO's primary objective is to eliminate distractions and understand how time accumulates. A novel technique utilized by the British crew team during the Sydney Olympics was based on a single rule: "Will the boat go faster?" This strategy has been simplified to show you how to have the mindset of a world-class CISO. External cybersecurity threats are common, and world-class CISOs know where to look for them. They're predictable and simple to identify. Dr. Eric Cole will discuss the three most prevalent areas where vulnerabilities can be predicted, as well as the areas to be aware of to protect your business. Join in on our weekly podcast wi
25/04/2022 • 31 minutes 13 seconds
Are You A Strategic World-Class CISO?
In this episode of "Life of a CISO", Dr. Eric Cole defines the difference between a world-class CISO and a world-class security engineer. What is the main difference between the two? Reactiveness. A world-class CISO strategizes across all areas of business and cybersecurity, versus a world-class security engineer who is solely reactive to threats. You'll learn how to redefine the concepts of "time" and "workday," as well as how to use these concepts to achieve your optimal state. Dr. Eric Cole uses his optimal state as an example of max performance, segmented workdays, and how he optimizes time within each day. Some of the techniques may be familiar to you, but you'll learn how a world-class CISO utilizes its optimal state to prioritize, execute strategy, and reach goals to help its organization succeed. Join Dr. Eric Co
08/04/2022 • 31 minutes 38 seconds
What Does Happiness Mean To You?
In this episode of "Life of a CISO", Dr. Eric Cole emphasizes the universal question "What does happiness mean to you?" He will go head on into the frequent questions and complications his students voice to him during trainings. The simplest of questions can be complex to answer. You will gain a new perspective regarding the complexing questions that are frequently faced in life and your career. "What would be your perfect day?" A simple question, yet a sense of realization can overcome you before you answer. Dr. Cole will help you prepare for answering and solving the most difficult questions faced, and provide you the perspective of a World Class CISO. Join Dr. Eric Cole's video below and get started on becoming a World Class CISO.
31/03/2022 • 28 minutes 24 seconds
Getting Your Foot in the Door: The Most Important Skills to have in Becoming a World Class CISO
In this episode of "Life of a CISO", Dr. Eric Cole focuses on the key skills of a world class CISO and the attributes for becoming a CISO. He will discuss the most important skills to have in becoming a world class CISO. He will emphasize how communication is the most important, and how effective communication skills are essential to your role as a world class CISO. Are you becoming a CISO and trying to get your foot in the door? You will learn how to effectively enter the job market, how to communicate with potential employers and leave the interview process with the door closing behind you. Join Dr. Eric Cole's video below to learn how to become a world class CISO.
25/03/2022 • 32 minutes 47 seconds
What Makes World Class CISO's Different From Average CISO's
In this episode, Dr. Eric Cole explains what qualities separate World Class CISO's from average CISO's. He gives the 3 behaviors that will up level you as a CISO. He also gives communication tips that change the way that you interact with the executives. You already possess many qualities that a World Class CISO needs you just need to understand and develop those areas to stand out as an exceptional leader and communicator in your organization. Join Dr. Cole to find out how to become World Class.
17/03/2022 • 32 minutes 3 seconds
What is the career path for a CISO?
In this episode, Dr. Eric Cole takes you through some of the different paths that you can use to become a CISO. A CISO must be able to go between the two worlds of executives and security engineers, which are two different cultures with their own discrete languages and priorities. So you have to have a background in one, then reach out to find mentorship in the other. Join Dr. Cole to find out how to begin your CISO journey now.
10/03/2022 • 34 minutes 58 seconds
What is the 99.999 of Cybersecurity?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains the proper standard of This episode talks about the success metrics that IT has been using for decades, and how they conflict with the way that a succesful security team has to define success. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to set yourself and your team up for success with the proper metrics.
04/03/2022 • 32 minutes 4 seconds
Making Executives Understand You
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains the importance of talking to executives in a language that they understand. In this episode, it goes beyond avoiding technical security lingo and instead begins explaining how to communicate to executives that they must take an active role in cybersecurity. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to explain to executives why security is a priority.
24/02/2022 • 29 minutes 15 seconds
Are You Running Like a Gazelle or a Lion?
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up, and he knows he has to be faster than the slowest gazelle. Every morning, a gazelle wakes up and knows he has to be faster than the fastest lion. The gazelle is running out of fear and is reacting. The lion has a clear objective and a clear strategy. The question for you is, why are you running? Join Dr. Eric Cole to learn about how you should be motivated as a World Class CISO.
17/02/2022 • 28 minutes 29 seconds
How to be an effective CISO by being an effective communicator
In this weeks Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains what the main thing that holds a CISO back from being a world class CISO is. Often, it’s communication. A great CISO is a great translator. A good CISO treats people the way he wants to treated, but a great CISO treats people the way they want to be treated. Join Dr. Cole to find out how to be an effective CISO by communicating at a world class level.
10/02/2022 • 31 minutes 20 seconds
How to manage your time
In this week of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole discusses one of the most essential skills of a CISO, time management. As a CISO you should already understand the technical and strategic elements of your position, but to be a world-class CISO, you have to learn what risks and vulnerabilities have priorities and which ones cost more time then damage they could cause. Join Dr. Cole to learn how to begin making the correct decisionsthat lead to you becoming world class.
03/02/2022 • 28 minutes 19 seconds
The thoughts and communication skills that will make you a world-class CISO
In this week of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole discusses the mindset of a CISO and what role that plays in how you communicate with the executives. Executives need to understand cybersecurity in terms that they understand, not confusing technical jargon. If you are able to make executives understand you, then you can be an effective CISO. Join Dr. Cole to learn how to create a successful mindset that allows you to communicate with the executives like a World Class CISO.
28/01/2022 • 29 minutes 41 seconds
How do you define cybersecurity?
In this week of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole discusses the responsiblities of a CISO in times of crisis. A CISO must be vigilant about attacks. But what makes a CISO different from a technical engineer is that he can communicate with the executives in a language they will understand about how to balance this risk with functionality, rather than rigidly go for 100% security at the expense of functionality. Join Dr. Cole to learn how to find the balance necessary to become a World Class CISO.
21/01/2022 • 30 minutes 31 seconds
A CISO is more than a technical engineer with a promotion. He is a communicator.
In this weeks episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about what makes a World Class CISO, World Class. If you are looking to become a World Class CISO, that doesn’t mean that you are an excellent technical engineer who has earned a promotion; it means that you are able to communicate the cybersecurity needs to the C-level executives in a way that they can understand, and do the same for the technical engineers. Technical engineers want 100% security, executives want 100% functionality, and neither is possible. As a CISO, you must communicate this fact, and explain the risks and benefits of each approach. Join Dr. Cole to learn how you can communicate like a World Class CISO.
13/01/2022 • 32 minutes 47 seconds
How to Get Your First CISO Job (Without Having Experience)
In this weeks Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole walks you through the steps necessary for you to become a CISO in todays Cybersecurity landscape. He gives you the perspective changes you need to succeed and tips on how to apply for CISO jobs today. He also gives you the traits that make a CISO great and you can find out if those apply to you. Join Dr. Cole to find out if you are ready to become a world class CISO.
06/01/2022 • 31 minutes 55 seconds
Is a CISO Your Job Title or Your Identity?
On this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole poses the question, “Is being a CISO your identity?” To have the mindset that you are a world-class CISO, you must see yourself as a world-class CISO. You have to view everything you do through the lens of a CISO if you want to make decisions that will lead you to succeed as one. Join Dr. Cole to learn about what that perspective change looks like for your life and career.
30/12/2021 • 29 minutes 38 seconds
Why you’re already a world class CISO and don’t realize it yet
Join Dr. Eric Cole to learn about why you already have all of the skills necessary to become a World Class CISO but don't realize it yet. He gives a run down of all the things that make up a CISO and why the barrier for entry is a lot lower then most people have built up in their mind. This week's episode of Life of a CISO will help you find the confidence to take your next steps towards becoming a CISO today.
23/12/2021 • 30 minutes 39 seconds
The Primary Job of Communication
In this episode of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole focuses on one of the most important skills to have as a CISO: Communication. As a CISO, you have to speak to executives in a language that they understand. This means not getting in the weeds with technical details and explaining your suggestions in a way they can easily follow. If you communicate well, you can improve any situation. Join Dr. Cole to learn how to understand the business and what it means to you as a World Class CISO.
16/12/2021 • 30 minutes 47 seconds
Why Being a World Class CISO takes more than business and cybersecurity skills (Part 2)
In this episode of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole concludes a 2 part series to explain what you need to do to become a World Class CISO. This episode is about how your opinions and point of view can determine your success before you walk into the room with the executives. By choosing to go in and respect everyone in the room as a smart person you can revolutionize how effective you are at communicating your goals to them. Join Dr. Cole to learn what your first steps are towards becoming a World Class CISO.
09/12/2021 • 31 minutes 42 seconds
Why Being a World Class CISO takes more than business and cybersecurity skills
In this episode of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole begins a 2 part series to explain what you need to do to become a World Class CISO. He talks about what combination of skills and knowledge is necessary to succeed and he discusses different habits that you can put in place to help with getting yourself to the best you can be. Join Dr. Cole to learn what your first steps are towards becoming a World Class CISO.
02/12/2021 • 30 minutes 23 seconds
Why is your organization’s security failing?
On this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole answers the question: Why is my security failing? Breaches, whether your organization is large or small, are almost an inevitable part of cybersecurity. That’s why it’s not enough to use technology that prevents attacks, you must detect them. By prioritizing detection and categorization of threats it allows you to better respond and track the breaches that are going to happen. Join Dr. Cole to learn why your security is failing and how you can change your mindset to fix it.
24/11/2021 • 31 minutes 4 seconds
The most important skill a CISO must have is communication
In this episode of Life of a CISO Dr. Cole speaks about the key skill of a successful CISO which is communication. Communication means speaking to someone in the language that they understand. For example, when talking to security engineers, you can use technical terms, but when communicating with executives, the language they speak are upside and downside. In other words, how much money can they make or risk losing? Join Dr. Cole in learning how to communicate effectively to succeed.
18/11/2021 • 29 minutes 54 seconds
How to keep your actions in alignment with your goals
In this episode of Life of a CISO Dr. Eric Cole asks the question, “Where are you going?” As you move forwards in your career and your life you have to create actionable goals and work towards them or you are working without purpose. You need to make the time to spend one hour each day thinking about those goals, and what steps you can take to accomplish them. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to create goals that are worth striving for as a World Class CISO.
11/11/2021 • 31 minutes 24 seconds
If you want to be a World Class CISO, you need to have a seat at the table
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Cole talks about getting a seat at the table. The executive table, that is. If you want to be a world class CISO, you have to be invited to the board room and be involved in executive-level decisions, just like the CEO, CIO, CFO, etc. If you’re not a “Chief” Information Security Officer, you aren’t a CISO. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to elevate yourself from a security engineer with a new title to an actual chief executive in your organization.
04/11/2021 • 30 minutes 50 seconds
Daily Habits of world class CISOs
In this episode of Life of A CISO, Dr. Eric Cole discusses putting your days in order and setting your self up for victory on a daily basis so that you can build your confidence as a leader and as a person. This confidence is necessary to succeed as a CISO. You build confidence by repeating the same tasks over and over until you could do it with your eyes closed. Join Dr. Cole as he defines what habits and little steps you can implement to build your confidence as a World Class CISO.
28/10/2021 • 31 minutes 21 seconds
How do you survive as a CISO?
In this episode, Dr. Eric Cole talks about how to survive as a CISO in todays corporate environments. There has never been a greater demand for CISOs and V-CISOs, but at the same time, because many executives have never hired a CISO before, they don’t completely understand what it means to be a successful CISO. Therefore, you may be at risk of being let go regardless of how well you set up your security. To learn how to avoid this misunderstanding and its consequences for your career, join Dr. Cole in this weeks Life of a CISO.
21/10/2021 • 31 minutes 12 seconds
How to start 2022 strong by starting now
In this episode, Dr. Eric Cole gives powerful tips about mindset and work effort to push your self to the next level during the fourth quarter of 2021. He talks about the effects of your success on those surrounding you and applicable exercises and examples of things you can implement to work to up-level your efforts as a CISO. Join Dr. Cole in this weeks Life of CISO.
14/10/2021 • 32 minutes 49 seconds
Why you need to be a translator
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains how to become a translator from the security team to the executives. By utilizing business terminology and focuses and applying them to security you can bridge the gap between the security necessities and the business needs. World class CISO's have to be viewed as business enablers, if your not you will never have the trust and influence you need to secure your organization. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to speak to executives the way they want to be spoken to.
07/10/2021 • 28 minutes 56 seconds
What Questions Should CISOs Ask?
In this episode of Life as a CISO Dr. Eric Cole explains why questions are your greatest tool for your success. He also gives you many of the questions you will need to change your security mindset from a business disabler to a business enabler. By asking the right questions of your executives and comparing their answers to your own you can find all of the pain points in your current strategies and go about tailoring your security to fit what is priority for the business as a whole. Join Dr. Cole in learning how to utilize questions as a way to revolutionize your effectiveness as a CISO.
30/09/2021 • 24 minutes 28 seconds
Debunking myths and misconceptions about being a CISO
In this episode Dr. Eric Cole all about debunking myths and common sayings that are incorrect. Dr. Cole addresses some pretty common sayings that stop people from taking risks and going after what they want. The examples Dr. Cole covers include: “Treat people the way you want to be treated,” is different from treating people the way THEY want to be treated. “Seeing Is believing?” No, you’ll see it when you believe it. “No one will hire me without experience.” Someone has to be first some time. Now go out there and crush it, because you know the truth.
23/09/2021 • 21 minutes 3 seconds
The First 90 Days of Being a CISO
On this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole talks about what happens when you become a CISO. Your early days as a CISO are all about understanding the business. Specifically, what does your business do that no one else does as well, and how they make money. A CISO needs to understand the company so he can treat people the way they want to be treated and not they way a CISO would want to be treated.
16/09/2021 • 24 minutes 45 seconds
Zero trust is a mindset and architecture of independence
In this episode of Life of a CISO is Dr. Eric Cole is focused on Zero Trust architecture. Zero Trust is the separation of all the parts such that you create a way to isolate breaches so that they do the smallest amount of damage possible. You do this by giving as little access to the network to each part as necessary while not affecting functionality. As a CISO, you must take all of the elements that make a security system successful into account when designing your security. Join Dr. Cole as he explains how to effectively utilize Zero Trust in your organization.
09/09/2021 • 30 minutes 10 seconds
How to Develop The World Class Mindset of a World Class CISO
This episode of Life of a CISO, like many episodes, begins with actionable tips that you can use to develop the emotional fitness it takes to become a world class CISO. You can choose to have a good day or a bad day by focusing on the positive or negative, respectively. Once you begin your day with positive energy, you are one step closer to becoming world class.
02/09/2021 • 27 minutes 24 seconds
When You’re Committed, Every No is a Step Closer to a Yes
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains that if you want to be a world class CISO, you must be committed. This episode includes tips on how to better communicate with prospective employers that you are a world class CISO, and what to do to improve yourself and never stop learning.
26/08/2021 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
How to Bridge the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Executives
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains that a CISO must communicate between executives and security engineers. A security engineer who is specialized in one area does not always make a great CISO, and for that matter, an executive who doesn’t know cybersecurity won’t make a good CISO either. Listen to this episode to learn how communicating between executives and security engineers can make you a world class CISO.
19/08/2021 • 32 minutes 45 seconds
How to Communicate Cybersecurity Threats to Executives
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains that a CISO must communicate what the top threats are, how to deal with them, and what are the costs and risks. A CISO’s job is not to try to fix every single problem. It’s up to the CISO to explain what the top threats are, and that other threats exist, but aren’t a top priority. Listen to this episode to learn how to communicate with your executives that cybersecurity is never “fixed,” but the CISO is on top of things.
13/08/2021 • 31 minutes 27 seconds
Mental Exercises to Make You a World-Class CISO
This week on Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains how to become a world class CISO by exercising your brain. Being a world-class CISO is much less about technical knowledge and much more about problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems that can’t be found in technical manuals. Listen to this episode to learn how exercising your brain can help you become a world-class CISO.
05/08/2021 • 19 minutes 28 seconds
The Coming Cyber Crisis
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole continues his assessment of the cyber crisis that is already happening. Cyber attacks are no longer about lone attackers wanting to prove some kind of point or cause random mayhem, they calculate risk/reward just like any other organization, and go after the targets most likely to be vulnerable to attack and pay the largest amount of money. Learn how organizations can defend themselves against different types of attacks, and keep their data more secure.
29/07/2021 • 34 minutes 9 seconds
Why Organizations Are Vulnerable to Ransomware
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole is all about why so many organizations are vulnerable to cyber attacks and ransomware specifically. If you don’t cover the basics--strong passwords, never opening email attachments, never patching, etc.-- You might as well leave the front door open and the passcode to the safe written down next to it. To learn more about what you can actually do to protect yourself, read my book, Cyber Crisis.
21/07/2021 • 29 minutes 38 seconds
The Cost Of Ransomware
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole is all about Ransomware. Ransomware is when an adversary hacks into your system and makes your critical data inaccessible until you can pay a ransom. Many practices we have to prevent ransomware are ineffective in real-world scenarios. Many of us are careless and use the same device for surfing the web and checking email as we do for accessing critical data. Watch this episode to learn how you can defend yourself against ransomware.
15/07/2021 • 32 minutes 8 seconds
What Is Zero Trust?
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole focuses on Zero Trust architecture. What Zero Trust means is that by default, all devices in a network have to be authenticated in order to interconnect with other devices. All the security in the world can’t do anything if you can compromise a person, either by force or by deception, into allowing access to sensitive data. Listen to this episode and learn all the elements a CISO needs to take in account when designing their security.
08/07/2021 • 28 minutes 3 seconds
Back to (Cybersecurity) Basics
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole reviews the basics of cybersecurity. It is inevitable that breaches will occur. The job of a CISO is to make sure that those breaches are small, observed and fixed quickly, and contain no critical data. If you do not follow the most basic rules of cybersecurity, it doesn’t matter if your adversary is a state-actor with a large budget or a teenager in his basement, you will be breached. Listen to this episode and learn the basics of cybersecurity.
01/07/2021 • 27 minutes
How to make friends with failure to succeed as a CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole is all about failure. In the world of business, failure is one step, or even many steps, closer to success. Successful entrepreneurs are able to embrace failure until they get a formula that works consistently. You will continue to hear the word “no” time and time again, and rather than give up, you will be able to use every “no” as a stepping stone to your next "yes".
24/06/2021 • 26 minutes 14 seconds
How To Be A Superhero CISO
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains how you can tap into your superpower and be a superhero. Everyone has at least one superpower, and if you can tap into it, that’s when no one can stop you. Listen to this episode and learn how to tap into your superpower and become a superhero CISO today.
17/06/2021 • 33 minutes 49 seconds
We Are In A Cyber Crisis
In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole expresses the cyber crisis of the Russian Hackers. This breach exploited vulnerabilities in our federal government. No matter how large or small a target you are, if you have functionality, you have a vulnerability. Listen to this episode and learn how to take advantage of this opportunity and make your case to employers that you can be the CISO that keeps their organization safe and enables their business.
10/06/2021 • 26 minutes 30 seconds
CISO Ninja Tricks Part 2: Body Language and Verbal Communication Skills of Successful CISOs
On this episode of Life of a CISO, we dive into more ninja tricks to be a world class CISO. The topics for this episode are body language and verbal communication. Watch the full episode to learn the "Ninja Tricks" to have positive, confident body language whether you feel confident or not and how to convince your potential employer that you are a business enabler, and that you can enable that specific business to improve their bottom line.
03/06/2021 • 27 minutes 22 seconds
CISO Ninja Tricks Part 1: How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs as a Chief Information Security Officer
On this episode of Life of a CISO, the focus is on the most important “Ninja Super Trick” of becoming a CISO: Overcoming limiting beliefs. Learn some of Dr. Eric Cole's techniques and examples that he has done that you can emulate in order to turn limiting beliefs into empowering truths. Watch the full episode to learn the "Ninja Super Trick" and overcome the limiting beliefs in your life, so you can get one step closer to your dream job of being a world-class CISO.