CIOs and Chief Security Officers don’t always speak the same language when it comes to spending priorities, managing risk or even straight-talking with the CEO. But at our CIO Perspectives Houston event last week, a panel of CSOs closed that gap with their CIO colleagues and shared a host of practical ideas for dispelling executive fear factors around cybersecurity decision-making.

Led by CIO Lloyd Boyd of Shale-Inland, the panelists stressed the importance of keeping CEOs regularly updated on cybersecurity issues -- but with super-short “flash reports” rather than lengthy presentations. “Now that the CIO has a broader business role, the CSO role is seen as more behind-the-scenes,” said CIO Michael Hart of Petwell Partners. “But it’s still important for CSOs to build those relationships with the senior team.”

Building more collaborative relationships with other C-suite colleagues -- and people throughout the company -- was a dominant theme of the day. (See video highlights of the event in this report by Senior Writer Lauren Brousell.)

CIO Hall of Famer Charlie Feld talked about the CIO role broadening to encompass all business and IT capabilities in a digital enterprise. “To compete in the future requires a new technical model,” Feld said. “It’s all about digital and physical integration.”

Below this note are summaries of key sessions and highlights of some great advice shared by your colleagues. I hope you can join us next month on Dec. 11th at CIO Perspectives LA in Newport Beach, Calif.

Fondly,
Maryfran

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