What Is a Strategic CISO, and What Do You Need to Be One?

Tuesday, May 02 | 1:00PM–2:30PM | Colorado Ballroom IJ, Lower Level 2
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Concurrent Session
You may have heard that a CISO needs to be strategic (or more strategic). What does this mean? Higher education CISOs may have one of the most difficult jobs due to the university culture. In this session, I will give my perspective on the talents and skills that a strategic CISO needs. I will also give examples of the actions and behaviors that strategic CISOs exhibit as they do their job. This session will provide tips for key skills including communication, conflict management, coaching, and building trust. This is a topic specific/intermediate level session.

Outcomes: Understand the difference between strategic and tactical leadership * Know how to build trust with others * Be familiar with a strategic communications model, the conflict resolution framework, and how to coach


  • Don Welch

    CIO, New York University

Resources & Downloads

  • What Is a Strategic CISO_slides

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