CISO Insiders with Dennis Tomlin | Chief Information Security Officer at Multnomah County | Episode 81

CISO insiders

May 14 2024 • 55 mins

🧠 In this episode of CISO Insiders, we welcome Dennis Tomlin, Chief Information Security Officer at Multnomah County. Dennis Tomlin, discusses in detail key challenges while sharing key security strategies on his career in cybersecurity for 20 years.

This special episode will tackle the following topics:

⭐ Turning a culture of “no” to a culture of “yes” while maintaining information security.

⭐ The importance of finding a balance between confidentiality, information, and availability.

⭐ Key areas of the CISO role that have changed in the past 15 years.

The ramifications of malicious software in cybersecurity over the years.

🔎 Some highlights:

👉🏻 ”Technology is easy compared to people. Learning to listen is the key to success. The ability to listen to what the customer is saying and translating them into requirements can maximize results.”

👉🏻 “It’s easy for people to say “no” when people don’t understand the objective. But thinking “yes” helps the business find a way to achieve their objectives while still maintaining the security of the data that makes our lives comfortable.”


👉🏻 “What helps a CISO to have a long successful career is to translate requirements into tools that can have minimum impact on operations.”


👉🏻 “I think it’s not as important for a CISO to be highly technical as it was 15 years ago.”


⏱️Navigate to key timestamps here:

00:36 Comprehensive guest Introduction

00:40 Professional journey and a discussion on the importance of cybersecurity

15:37 What type of skill sets helped you build your career as a CISO?

21:40 Do you feel that cybersecurity had a “no” culture 15 years ago?

22:43 What’s the most crucial skill a CISO should have?

26:12 What are some areas in the CISO role that have changed over the years?

29:00 What’s your opinion on the CISO's role as part of the IT organization?

30:45 What’s your stance on the CISO role reporting to the IT organization and other departments outside the organization?

34:11 What are some helpful tips for individuals who are trying to gain a foothold in the industry?

40:41 What is your advice to newcomers and anyone who wants to pursue a career in cybersecurity?

43:28 What would you like to have known when you first started your career?

49:37 What’s the key factor for success when forming a relationship with vendors?

53:45 Closing comments and icebreaker questions



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