Opinion: Why A CIO Should First Be A CISO

Opinion: Why a CIO Should First be a CISO

Historically, IT was founded around two core competencies: hardware and software. In the 90s, companies in higher risk arenas began to also focus on cybersecurity. That trifecta forms the core we all use today. Both a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a Chief Information Officer (CIO) must understand how all IT works. This means…

Stephen Gilmer

Stephen Gilmer is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) with more than 25 years of experience as a technical expert and executive leader focused on securing technology companies’ most sensitive and valuable data and systems. Stephen previously was in-house CISO at both a biotechnology startup and at two Fortune 10 aerospace, defense, and technology companies. In these roles, Stephen designed and implemented sensitive data and IP security control programs; shaped policy at the national level and security framework formation; and proactively resolved complex investigation, audit, and regulatory oversight issues.

Stephen is a Six Sigma Black Belt who led the transition of the IT infrastructure of a private start-up to address the regulatory and operational requirements of becoming a publicly-traded company. As a CISO executive in an aerospace defense company subject to a consent agreement with the United States Government, Stephen also led global cyber investigations, risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation controls necessary for the organization to successfully navigate oversight requirements and re-establish credibility with Government customers. Concurrently, Stephen built and led the cyber security components required to support winning and executing multi-billion dollar government contracts.

Stephen frequently speaks at global cybersecurity conferences, publishes articles on the business necessity of proactive cyber risk management, and advises on and conducts cybersecurity education / training for corporate leadership including the Board of Directors, the C-Suite and Compliance Officers.

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