To be a successful Chief Information officer (CISO) today, “you have to be a good translator,” says Steve Martino. This means translating the business strategy to the risk the company is willing to take. Instead of talking about “malware” and “DDoS,” CISOs should explain to their companies’ boards and business leadership what security technologies and trends mean in terms of risk to the business and the resources and processes required to mange that risk.
Martino is vice president and chief information security officer at Cisco. He leads the company’s Information Security organization and has more than 30 years of experience in security, IT operations, product development and operations, marketing, and sales.