“A successful security strategy always starts with creating a culture that centres around your people.”
Howard, can you tell us more about your journey to where you are now, CIO at SANS?
Absolutely. So, after I left high school, I actually pursued music and anthropology at college, before joining the military. During my time in the U.S. Army, I really focused in on my interest in intelligence systems and was able to start developing my skills in that area. From there I moved into publicly traded companies, including telecoms, the energy sector and insurance, working my way up from an analyst through to the role I’m in now, as CIO.
SANS is the first non-publicly traded company I’ve worked in, and I had to make my way through 17 interviews to get the role - it wasn’t an easy interview process! What really stood out to me during the interview process was the culture, the people and just how interesting the work would be. Throughout my career journey, I’ve really learned that there are three key things that are important to ask yourself when evaluating your current role; do you like the people you work with, are you well compensated and is the work interesting? If you can answer those questions, then you know you’re in a winning role, as I am now!