CISO Stories Podcast: Skills I Needed to be a First-Time CISO

Infosec skills don’t necessarily transfer to CISO skills, but CISO skills are 100% transferable to whatever your infosec career looks like. Richard Kaufmann VP/CISO at Amedisys discusses how growth begins outside of your comfort zone and why some of the CISO skills you can work on now include executive storytelling, internal coalition building, and how to be comfortable being uncomfortable - check it out...


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About the Guest

Richard Kaufmann

Richard Kaufmann is a Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Amedisys, one of the county’s largest providers of Hospice, Home Health, and Personal Care services. Richard’s current role and leadership has been integral in establishing a security program that is rooted within a culture of caregiving and enables clinicians across the enterprise in delivering high quality care in a secure and compliant manner.

Over the past several years Richard’s security program has transformed the standard security practices of threat intelligence, vulnerability management, and risk assessments. Amedisys has extended the concepts of risk management and established an adversary management function that proactively tracks threat actors and makes security decisions based on actionable intelligence gathered through sophisticated threat hunting.

About the Hosts

About the Host

Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer at Cybereason

Sam Curry (@samjcurry) is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute.  Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product.

Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.

About the Host

Todd Fitzgerald

Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald (@securityfitz) has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. 

Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. 

Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.

CISO Stories Podcast

About The CISO Stories Podcast

The Cybersecurity Collaborative, in conjunction with Cybereason, is proud to present the CISO Stories Podcast. Each week CISO Stories takes a deep dive on security leadership with top security professionals from across the public and private sectors who share their insights and expertise with the community.

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