CISO Perspectives: Aaron Blackstone, CISO, Texas Department of Public Safety

What CISOs and Navy SEALs Have in Common

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. No pain, no gain. If it was easy, everyone would do it. While these inspirational quotes are cliché to some, they are conventional wisdom to others. Just ask a Navy SEAL. They have highly specialized skills and are tasked with using them in high stress, high risk environments. If you’re a CISO, this sounds familiar. The CISO role is incredibly daunting, given all that’s at stake: intellectual property, customer privacy, revenue, and brand equity to name a few. Nevertheless, for those cybersecurity professionals who rise to the challenge, they have the satisfaction of knowing they do a job few others can do. As a result, they play a critical role in a company’s long-term viability and have the respect, admiration and gratitude of senior managers. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. Hooyah!

I recently sat down with Aaron Blackstone, the CISO for the Texas Department of Public Safety, to explore the challenges he faces and the lessons he’s learned in his role. In this video, Aaron shares the best advice he ever received.

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