We’ve yelled, we’ve screamed, we’ve complained, and we’ve whined. Those darn users simply don’t do what they tell them to do. I guess we’re going to have to give empathy a try.

This episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson. Our guest this week is Michelle Valdez (@scauzim), CISO, OneMain Financial.

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On this week’s episode

Why is everybody talking about this now

Why hasn’t COVID spurned more disaster recovery and business continuity planning roles? This is what Stuart Mitchell, a recruiter at Stott and May, noticed. Obviously, he’s not getting that much demand. The community says it’s assumed already into many roles. I have to think BCP and DR are everyone’s responsibility. If that’s the case, has BCP and DR planning increased during this time? Why or why not?

How to become CISO

Are two CISOs better than one? Our guest mentioned that her company has split the CISO role. One, the head of tech, reports to the CTO and the other, our guest’s role, CISO and head of cyber risk reports to the chief risk officer. How exactly does this work? And what does our guest believe are the pros and cons of splitting the CISO role this way?

What’s Worse?!

This time, no matter what the answer, everyone’s going to get in trouble.

And now for a little security philosophy

Chad Loder, Habitu8, said, “Us InfoSec experts spend too much time asking ‘How do we get users to care more about security?’ and not enough time asking ‘How do we get security to care more about users?'” So I asked my host and guest that question, and more importantly, how has that learning about users improved their security team and overall security?

First 90 days of a CISO

William Birchett, CIO of Required Team Gear, asked, “When you start, how much do you know of what security posture you’ve inherited?” We’ve talked about this before, but I want you to answer in reflection. What were the biggest surprises (positive or negative) between what you knew starting out and what you discovered after 90 days on the job?