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#MyCyberWhy 10: Steve Katz, Executive Advisory Security & Privacy at Deloitte

elcome to “My Cyber Why” — a glimpse into the life and work of experts from around the world who have dedicated themselves to protecting cyberspace.

There’s no shortage of scary headlines about the latest hacks and malware releases. But what doesn’t make the headlines are the inspiring stories of the people who work every day to make the cyber world a safer place. These are their stories and cybersecurity is their passion.

In each episode guests answer four questions:

1. Who are you?

2. What do you do in cyber?

3. Why do you do it?

4. How can people get involved or learn more?

Today’s guest is Steve Katz — the World’s very 1st CISO. Ever wonder how CISO became a title? We have today’s guest Steve Katz to thank. In this episode he explains his work in the financial services industry and why he fought for the title of CISO. Steve continues to be very active in the information and cyber community as the founder and owner of Security Risk Solutions, LLC and the Executive Advisor for Security & Privacy at Deloitte.

Why wouldn’t you want to hear all the advice from Steve that you can? I don’t know — but if you’re in a hurry, as always, timestamps below.


[0:35] Welcome Steve Katz, the first CISO

[1:02] Who is Steve Katz? Husband of 47 years, 5 kids, 13 grandkids

[1:33] Do we need more cowbell?

[2:17] The importance of rescue dogs

[3:57] Sign-on challenges have legs

[6:53] Shadow IT, 1980’s style

[9:58] Play it straight; be realistic in making commitments

[13:06] Accepting the first CISO job

[17:43] Why do CISO’s struggle getting a “seat at the table”?

[20:08] Access stems from understanding the business

[21:05] Steve’s Cyber Why

[22:25] Paying it forward in the security community

[24:29] What do aspiring CISO’s need to know?

Thanks for listening!

Want to get involved? Do you or someone you know have a fantastic Cyber Why? Reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter



MyCyberWhy is a glimpse into the life and work of people from around the world who are protecting cyberspace.

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