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IDG Contributor Network: How to be a successful CISO without a 'real' cybersecurity budget

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 8, 2015.

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    A CISO who just started a new job for one of the top 10 cable companies in the US recently lamented how he does not have a cybersecurity budget to purchase tools from FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, and Cylance like his peer CISOs get too.

    He further stated that even with a very limited budget, he can still solve cybersecurity problems and reduce enterprise cyber risk with a “back to the basics” approach for security controls, baseline the environment, and adjust security architecture for his corporation.

    When we hear this common theme from CISOs, we typically think this is an “open source” shop that has to get everything for free in order to have a cybersecurity program. The irony is he was not leaning towards “open source” tools, but applying layered security across the enterprise to reduce cyber risk. All without a true cyber budget.

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