Cybersecurity Expert | Tech Communications Expert | Cybersecurity and IT Speaker and Author
Solving the problem of communicating complex cyber security concepts to a broad audience.
Eddie’s unmatched track record of enthusiastic leadership and enormous obsession with inspiring people, molds his audience into battle-hardened winners unafraid to fire moonshots.
Working with university think tanks and enterprise organizations to deliver complex messages in an engaging manner has been Eddie’s forte and now he shares decades of success with those needing to find their voice, whether it be through a memorable large-audience keynote or promoting their ideas to a boardroom of peers and influencers.
From a peer-reviewed background of excellence in cyber security and a very practical understanding of the global threat landscape, Eddie is regularly featured as an expert in leading media outlets and analysis, via keynote addresses, panel discussions and interviews, as well as lecturing at leading universities.
Eddie’s unbridled desire to use objective reality as humanity’s only absolute and to engage in the hero’s journey of pursuing productive achievement as our noblest activity, his zealous love of people invites you to engage with him in making the world a better place by bringing your ideas into fruition and launching you into a legendary future!
What attracted you to data management or IT, and why did you choose to pursue this career?
It is my temperament. I like straight lines and order! I am attracted to the philosophy of objectivism; the search for absolute truth. In I.T. we work in ones and zeros. In cyber security, I get to use pure math to protect productive systems at work. There is an elegance to programming machines to perform clear-cut tasks.
What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far, and why has it been important to your career?
Taking the very complicated concepts of cyber security and communicating them effectively to a wide audience. After 20 years in technology, I am a full-time keynote speaker for the cyber security industry. When I receive emails from the audience thanking me for my words, I am humbled and grateful that my work has improved their lives.
What are the two or three biggest challenges you face as a data management professional / CDO and how can we address them?
As a cyber security professional…
- Converting non-technical employees into cyber hygiene enthusiasts; meaning, how does one get employees of enterprise size companies to pay attention to the growing threat landscape and simply think before they click?!
- Modifying the reporting structure for CISOs. The most progressive companies have their CISO report to the CEO. They also have physical security report to the CISO.
How to address problem one: we need a disruption to the $360B/year LMS marketplace. The average enterprise spends $19M/year on their learning management system and yet if you were to ask any employee what they think of their LMS, they would tell you it is a waste of time/resources. They learn nothing.
Problem two: The C-Suite needs to realize that the role of the CISO is not primarily a technical role. That is the CIO’s responsibility. The CISO is a risk analyst. How much risk is the business willing to take, in order to progress and satisfy investor expectations. Perhaps even a dotted line to the General Council, since the GC also deals in risk!
How do you see data management / the role of the CDO / IT changing in the next 2 – 3 years?
For the role of the CISO, I see it maturing into a board level dialogue, standing toe-to-toe against the CEO (the business) and while recognizing that business absolutely does come before security, but never allowing the business to push security further back than an agreed upon level of risk the company is willing to take in order to promote business first!
Do you have any planned next steps for your career?
Helping organizations build systems so their employees will think before they click; moreover, turning employees from the highest potential for a cyber breach into a cyber army protecting corporate assets from threat actors.
What is the single best piece of advice you have received in your data management / IT career so far? Why has it been so important to you?
As a cyber security professional, I realized early on that staying non-technical would benefit my audience the most. The curse of knowledge causes SW engineers from using previously unknown vocabulary to solve people problems. The layperson does not understand highly technical language, so when the typical CISO, who grew up thinking in ones and zeros, communicates with the organization, they use words that their audience does not understand, compounding the problem. Imagine trying to learn about stateful packet inspection, but in a foreign language!
Can you share something about yourself as a person that people wouldn’t know about you?
I play the hand pan. It is a percussion instrument designed to be drummed with one’s fingers. I use it to get into flow state and meditate.
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