Budget pressure, unrelenting and unforgiving deadlines, a globally distributed team, daily cybersecurity threats…it’s a list that will make even the most confident of executives break into a cold sweat, but these demands are just a typical Monday for a CISO.

So... why become a CISO, you ask? A few reasons: the job is rewarding and the opposite of boring. In fact, according to KPMG and Harvey Nash, more than 78% of CISOs find their jobs to be very or quite fulfilling.

So, you’re interested in growing, being mentored, and honing your skills to help take you into the CISO role, but where do you start?

In our February LinkedIn Live Virtual Event, we were joined by guest speaker, multi-award-winning cybersecurity executive, keynote speaker and bestselling author, Phil Zongo. He was also accompanied by CTO & CISO at BeyondTrust, Morey Haber. Our speakers laid bare some of their own hard-earned career lessons, discuss fundamental CISO mentorship strategies, and share practical guidance on how to grow into the CISO role.

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Phil Zongo, CEO and Cofounder the Cyber Leadership Institute

Phil Zongo is a multi-award winning cybersecurity executive, keynote speaker and bestselling author. Some of his career highlights include:

🔹 Author of The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, a best-selling strategy book that provides practical guidance to business executives.

🔹 Author of The Gift of Adversity, an intriguing memoir to be published in 2021.

🔹 2017 winner of ISACA International’s Best Book/Article Award, one of ISACA’s highest global honours, which recognises individuals for major contributions to publications in the field of cybersecurity and IT governance. 2016 winner of the ISACA Sydney’s first-ever Best Governance Professional of the Year Award.

🔹 2020 Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD - New York) - 4th Industrial Revolution Category. MIPAD is a unique global list that identifies high achievers of African descent globally in support of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), proclaimed by the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/237.

🔹 2019 Semifinalist - The Wharton Executive Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program Business Plan Competition, which features dozens of entrepreneurs globally.

🔹Nominee - Australian Information Security Association (AISA) - 2019 Cyber Security Professional & 2020 ISC2 Asia Pacific Senior Cyber Security Professional of the year awards

🔹 Winner of 2018 Zim International (Australia) Outstanding Achievement Award, African Australian NSW 2018 Outstanding Performance Award, 2019 Appreciate Africa Asia Outstanding in Business Award (Beijing, China), accolades that recognise achievements that far exceed the norm.

🔹 Delivered cutting edge insights to thousands of professionals and business executives across high profile conferences, diving deep into important global trends such as cyber resilience, digital transformation, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, etc.

🔹 My thought leadership has been distributed to more than 180 countries and has been featured in several newspapers and well-regarded magazines.

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Morey J. Haber, Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust

Morey J. Haber is the Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored three books: Privileged Attack Vectors, Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. He is a founding member of the industry group Transparency in Cyber, and in 2020 was elected to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) Executive Advisory Board. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust security and governance for corporate and cloud based solutions and regularly consults for global periodicals and media. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition where he served as a Product Owner and Solutions Engineer since 2004. Prior to eEye, he was Beta Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.