Philip Cao

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Want to Become a CISO? The Position Awaits You

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I first started my career in the IT industry, then move to focus on cybersecurity since the past 13 years. I got a chance to get involved with cybersecurity solutions while working for a CyberSec distributor. After which, I moved to work for other cybersecurity vendors.

There are a couple of things that really helped me to grow professionally, and I believe they will continue to drive me forward in my career. Firstly, be humble and honest to yourself that you don’t know a lot of things and be ready to learn them. It is very important in a cybersecurity career since this is a very dynamic and ever-evolving industry. Secondly, build your advisory network, connect with cybersecurity thought leaders around the world, and learn from them as much as you can. Last but not least, actively participate in the cybersecurity community and share your knowledge and experiences. If possible, contribute your time, efforts, and resources to help build cyber labs for the universities, be a mentor to the students, and guide them along the way.

In my career recently, I worked with lots of CISOs and Security Management professionals. So, when I saw a CISO dedicated program, the Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO); it right away got my attention. The program attracted me as I really wanted to learn how to think like a CISO, not only to support them but also with the hope that I can become one, someday. CISO is a top-level position in the cybersecurity career ladder. Well, the EC-Council’s C|CISO training material and courseware were terrific! The content was concise, focused, relevant, and easy to understand. The videos (I attended iClass) were also astonishing. This program professionally introduced me to:

  • Strategic Planning which related to Zero Trust Cybersecurity Strategy and its business cases
  • Information Security Control and Compliance
  • Information Security Core Competencies with building Adaptive Security Architecture
  • Governance and Risk Management

C|CISO program is a set path to becoming a CISO. It helps you to gain all the required knowledge. I endorse this program because it benefitted me in many ways. It helped me to grow in my career, develop the right skill sets, and build a strong professional network (while learning).

Go for C|CISO if you really want to become a C-level InfoSec professional.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer, organizations and associations.



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