Governance & Risk Management , Training & Security Leadership

Steve Katz on the CISO Role in 2020

World's First CISO Shares Insight to Guide Next Generation of Leaders
Steve Katz, founder and president, Security Risk Solutions LLC

Steve Katz, the world’s first CISO, who cut his teeth at Citi and Merrill Lynch, stays current with emerging tech and business trends, and he has advice to share with the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA 2020, Katz also discusses:

  • Deception technology, AI/ML and other tools he’s tracking;
  • The CISO role in a digitally transformed enterprise;
  • Whether the CISO role is stronger today than a year ago.

Katz is the founder and president of Security Risk Solutions LLC. He continues to serve on many advisory boards, having been named as the first chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Katz joined Citicorp/Citigroup following a Russian hacking incident in 1995. At Citi, he was named as the industry's first chief information security officer. He then joined Merrill Lynch as CISO/CPO, where he organized and instituted a companywide privacy and security program. In addition to testifying before Congress on numerous information security issues and mentoring many Fortune 50 CISOs, he was appointed as the first financial services sector coordinator for critical infrastructure protection by the Secretary of the Treasury.


About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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