The role of CISO has grown in profile and importance in recent years, as evolving and escalating digital threats raise the stakes for organizations of every size and stripe. But organizations aren’t always clear about what they want from their CISOs, and CISOs aren’t always clear what kind of leaders they are or want to be.
“CISOs are not the same from company to company and industry to industry,” said Steve Tcherchian, CISO for XYPRO Technology Corp., a cybersecurity analytics company. “We’re still in the infancy of what this role really is and how it fits into the strategic focus of a business.”
As a result, enterprises often look to CISOs themselves to define the role, he added. Experience and personality greatly influence how a given type of CISO leads, often with unforeseen implications for the organization.
“Some CISOs will see an opportunity and drive it forward,” Tcherchian said. “Others in the same role will be risk-averse and maintain the status quo.”
Steve Tcherchian, CISSP, PCI-ISA, PCIP is the Chief Product Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for XYPRO Technology. Steve is on Forbes Technology Council, the NonStop Under 40 executive board, and part of the ANSI X9 Security Standards Committee.
With over 20 years in the cybersecurity field, Steve is responsible for the strategy and innovation of XYPRO’s security product line as well as overseeing XYPRO’s risk, compliance, and security to ensure the best experience for customers in the Mission-Critical computing marketplace.
Steve is an engaging and dynamic speaker who regularly presents on cybersecurity topics at conferences around the world.