RSA Tips for CISOs: From 10 Years Ago to Today (IBM’s Security Intelligence)


I’ve heard it said that experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. That essentially defines most information security programs I’ve seen. Generally speaking, chief information security officers (CISOs) and security managers know what needs to be done. The outcome, however, is often not quite what they expected.

Teachable moments may present themselves, but the opportunities are often overlooked. At the 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco, I couldn’t help but notice that security leaders continue to struggle in this area. The following RSA tips, gleaned from some lessons learned at the conference over the past decade, can help CISOs get out of that rut.

After listening to the keynotes and sessions, and speaking with colleagues and vendors, it occurs to me that many of today’s information security challenges would be less burdensome had they been addressed 10 years ago. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but many of our security challenges tie back to core business principles that we’ve known about but largely ignored for decades. Below are some examples: