Cyber defense has become more critical than ever, which has seen the role of the CISO evolve.
The CISO is no longer just someone with good technical skills and an understanding of defensive tools and solutions, but someone with regular board access, known for cybersecurity advocacy, strong leadership and his knowledge of how security can be a business enabler.
“The role of the CISO has grown in importance much faster than many experts predicted,” says Phillimon ZongoCEO of the Cyber Leadership Institute in Australia, who will speak internationally at the ITWeb Security Summit 2022, taking place May 31-June 2 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
He says this is underpinned by relentless cyber incursions, tightening regulatory screws and increased personal liability for corporate directors. “But as these changes unfold, most cyber leaders find themselves woefully unprepared.”
Zongo says many new CISOs learn the hard way, that success in the c-suite is less about technical proficiency, and more about the ability to navigate complex and deep-rooted political systems, influence power brokers , to lead with courage and communicate to the board with clarity and persuasion.
During his presentation titled How top CISOs use persuasion and influence to accelerate cyber transformation,” Zongo will share practical strategies that global cyber leaders use to navigate complex and entrenched corporate political systems to get things done.
Zongo is the CEO of the Cyber Leadership Institute (CLI), a global company that has equipped cyber leaders in over 45 countries with essential skills to accelerate change, influence decision makers and deliver impactful boardroom presentations. .
He is also the author of two bestselling books. The first, “The Gift of Obstacles”, has been described as a poignant, hilarious and impeccably written memoir that spans savannah grasslands, Harare ghettos, Australia and beyond, which has inspired professionals around the world dedicated to dismantling self-imposed mental limitations.
Zongo’s forthcoming book, “The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience”, is a contemporary executive strategy guide judged as one of the UK’s top five cyber books of 2021, which has been recognized by journalists as well than by global associations. His insights have been published in several respected global magazines.
Two years ago, Zongo was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in the World (MIPAD – New York) and won multiple industry awards for exemplary global leadership in cybersecurity.