Fuelling Business Growth With Modern Security Leadership

Erik Avakian
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Erik Avakian, a former US State CISO, joins ISF CEO Steve Durbin to discuss the ever-evolving role of CISOs, emphasising their need to be business partners rather than just gatekeepers.

Erik highlights the challenges of navigating change in the public sector and stresses the importance of building a resilient security foundation that transcends political shifts. Throughout he offers practical advice for security leaders, emphasising adaptability, collaboration, and leveraging metrics to secure funding and drive decision-making.


In this position, you have to be somebody that really embraces change. Change is hard, but I think in the CISO role, we have to be able to, as leaders, embrace that change…


Tune in to hear more about:

  1. Embracing change in security leadership in the public sector (0:00)
  2. Building security foundation in public sector organisations (4:45)
  3. Funding challenges in security, with tips for effective resource utilisation, building strong teams, and collaboration (8:48)
  4. Demonstrating security value to business leaders through cost-benefit analysis and service metrics (14:02)
  5. Demonstrating security value to non technical stakeholders through practical examples (18:33)