OPINION: How A CISO Improves Business Value

OPINION: How a CISO Improves Business Value

In August 2019, Bloomberg published an article that talked about the challenges of retaining a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and the ongoing search to fill open cybersecurity roles. Good people are hard to find and expensive. This perpetuates the myth that cybersecurity does not create value for a company, but is simply a cost…

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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