Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Training & Security Leadership

How Technical Do CISOs Need To Be?

Ex-CISO Thom Langford Interrogates Both Sides of Debate
Thom Langford, director, (TL)2 Security

Do CISOs need to have deep technical proficiency? Many information security professionals will say: "Of course." Ask them which skills rank highest, however, and you’ll hear words such as “communication” and “building trust,” says Thom Langford, director of (TL)2 Security.

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

  • Highlights from the “Artificially Intelligent CISOs on the Blockchain: How Technical Should a CISO Be?” presentation he co-delivered at the RSA conference's new Engagement Zone;
  • The strategic importance of the “C” in CSO and CISO;
  • Top skills that are mandatory to be a successful CISO.

Langford is the founder of the consultancy (TL)2. Previously, he was CISO of Publicis Groupe.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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