Find a penny, pick it up, and all day you’ll have good luck. Similarly, a shooting star, rabbit’s foot, and horseshoe (turned upwards, of course) all signal good luck. Evidently the coronavirus has blessed CISOs. Business leaders tasked CISOs to manage the urgent and complex office to home transition and CISOs were lucky the process went smoothly. A CISO’s luck, however, differs from the dumb luck behind finding a penny or four leaf clover. For CISOs, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. CISOs successfully navigated the work from home transition because they were organized. They built a thorough and meticulous business continuity plan that prepared their teams for a crisis. CISOs adapted quickly and avoided serious disruption even though most did not foresee a global pandemic impacting nearly every employee. Luck of the Irish? Maybe we should call it “Luck of the CISO.”
CISO Street recently moderated a virtual CISO panel and asked panelists about their perspectives on several cybersecurity issues and trends. In this video, Greg Bee, CISO with Pekin Insurance, Kevin Hardcastle, CISO for Washington University in St. Louis, Norman Kromberg, CISO for Southern Carlson, and Michael Smith, CIO for the American Academy of Family Physicians discuss the importance of adaptability.