What CISOs Must Implement in Their First 90 Days on the JobCloudflare CISO Grant Bourzikas on Building Risk-Based Security Programs
A chief information security officer plays a critical role in establishing and overseeing a risk-based security program within an organization. Grant Bourzikas shared his experience as the new CISO at Cloudflare, highlighting a 90-day period during which he engaged with customers, internal nonsecurity personnel, executives and his team to gather insights on Cloudflare's security landscape.
Identifying threats, determining the necessary security programs to address those risks and establishing metrics to measure risk mitigation progress are foundational to building a new risk-based security program, Bourzikas said.
"I always think about this as a pyramid. There are going to be different metrics for different audiences," he said. "The top level is board-level metrics. Then you have program-level metrics and operational metrics." He emphasized the significance of organizational alignment and communication in driving change effectively.
In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Black Hat USA 2023, Bourzikas also discussed:
- The need to spend time with nonsecurity people to help build a security program;
- The advancements in AI, especially ChatGPT's ability to use large language models to respond to questions;
- Concerns around security and data privacy when it comes to building generative AI models within organizations.
Bourzikas is passionate about technology and security and its potential to improve lives. His key areas include enterprise risk management, AI, regulatory operations, vendor management and IT strategy. Prior to Cloudflare, he was the group CISO and executive director at Silicon Valley Bank.