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CISO Leadership Skills written by Micki Krause

Micki Krause

Micki Krause has held positions in the Information Security profession for the past 20 years. She is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Pacific Life Insurance Company in Newport Beach, California, where she is accountable for directing the Information Protection and Security Program for the enterprise. Pacific Life is the 15th largest life insurance company in the nation and provides life and health insurance products, individual annuities, mutual funds, group employee benefits, and a variety of investment products and services.

Krause was named one of the 25 most influential women in the field of information security by industry peers and Information Security magazine as part of their recognition of Women of Vision in the IT Security field and was awarded the Harold F. Tipton Award in recognition of sustained career excellence and outstanding contributions to the profession.

Micki has held several leadership roles in industry-influential groups including the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 and is a passionate advocate for professional security leadership.

She is a reputed speaker, published author, co-editor of the Information Security Management Handbook series and the 2008 publication “CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success.” (www.amazon.com)

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– Corporate governance is in the limelight. No one wanted it, not many embrace it. But it’s here and here to stay, thanks to the horrifying outcomes vis-a-vis criminal activity leading to the failures of Enron, Worldcomm and the likes. In the newly published anthology, CISO Leadership:…

Security IS a Business Function

– If there is only one key attribute for the success of your information security program, it has to be that security is treated as a business function.  In Chapter 5 of the recently published  “CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success”,  the authors break down the components of a…

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– Heed this column – the advice herein is not to be missed! There’s a dynamite chapter in the book “CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success“, written by Joyce Brocaglia, uber-recruiter of security professionals. She offers invaluable advice on how to ‘advance your…

Invaluable Advice from a Renowned CISO

– As you know, this column focuses on some of the most fundamental components of an effective Security Program, namely the skills and competencies required by the security leader to implement a successful program. These traits, sometimes called the ‘soft skills’ of security management, are…

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– As stated previously, this column focuses on some of the most fundamental components of an effective Security Program, namely the skills and competencies required by the security leader to implement a successful program. These traits, sometimes called the ‘soft skills’ of security…