What it Takes to be a Global Security Leader

Insights from Emil D'Angelo, Int'l President of ISACA
What it Takes to be a Global Security Leader
What are the unique requirements of international security leaders? Much the same as domestic leadership: Understanding the business and communicating effectively with management, says Emil D'Angelo, International President of ISACA.

"What's changed is the need for people who can build business cases and communicate with management effectively what they are trying to accomplish within information security and risk," says D'Angelo in a new interview with Tom Field, editorial director for Information Security Media Group. "Leaders need to know how the business is working and using the technology globally. Understand what the risks are within the technology."

The biggest challenges and issues global leaders face in managing security and risk functions include:

  • The governance of IT and security, which entails matching security goals to corporate objectives;
  • Communicating details on the organization's appetite of risk to business decision leaders;
  • Cultural differences in language and perception. "Words like 'control' did not exist in the Japanese language," D'Angelo says, so communication becomes a big challenge.

He also discusses his objectives for his second term as ISACA president.

For more details, please listen to the recorded interview.

About the Author

Upasana Gupta

Upasana Gupta

Contributing Editor, CareersInfoSecurity

Upasana Gupta oversees CareersInfoSecurity and shepherds career and leadership coverage for all Information Security Media Group's media properties. She regularly writes on career topics and speaks to senior executives on a wide-range of subjects, including security leadership, privacy, risk management, application security and fraud. She also helps produce podcasts and is instrumental in the global expansion of ISMG websites by recruiting international information security and risk experts to contribute content, including blogs. Upasana previously served as a resource manager focusing on hiring, recruiting and human resources at Icons Inc., an IT security advisory firm affiliated with ISMG. She holds an MBA in human resources from Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.

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