Mary K. Pratt

Contributing writer

Mary K. Pratt is a freelance writer based in Massachusetts.

California state CISO: the goal is “operating as a whole government”

How CISOs escape the cost center trap

How CISOs escape the cost center trap

Even as the CISO role is becoming more business-focused, in many organizations the notion of security as purely a cost center persists. Here’s how savvy CISOs can turn that around.

GitHub’s Mike Hanley: Today’s CISOs have to be out talking to customers

GitHub’s Mike Hanley: Today’s CISOs have to be out talking to customers

As the CISO role expands beyond conventional expectations, what it takes to be successful in the role is also changing, with customer focus and having a deep understanding of business context at the center, says GitHub CSO Mike Hanley....

How Adobe reduced compliance fatigue

How Adobe reduced compliance fatigue

With compliance putting undo strain on product teams, Adobe SVP and CSO Mark Adams and team built an automation platform. The effort paid off in scale, speed, and reduced risk and earned the software provider a CSO50 award for...

Reddit’s Allison Miller builds trust through transparency

Reddit’s Allison Miller builds trust through transparency

Miller joined the social media company in February 2021, assuming a range of responsibilities, from security and privacy to trust and safety, that reflect broadening of the CISO position itself—a role she summarizes as “keeping...

Kraft Heinz dishes up security transformation

Kraft Heinz dishes up security transformation

For CISO Ricardo Lafosse, security modernization is the first order of business.

Northwestern Mutual’s Laura Deaner: Resist the urge to solve stuff fast

Northwestern Mutual’s Laura Deaner: Resist the urge to solve stuff fast

Technologists want to “solve stuff really fast,” says Northwestern Mutual CISO Laura Deaner. But to cement their roles as business leaders, CISOs must take the time to understand the business and build a security strategy that solves...

FSU’s university-wide resiliency program focuses on doing the basics better

FSU’s university-wide resiliency program focuses on doing the basics better

An audit showing inadequate disaster recovery plans in many of the university’s 307 administrative units was the stick CISO Bill Hunkapiller needed to advance a centralized, streamlined resiliency program.

Seven strategies for building a great security team

Seven strategies for building a great security team

The dangers of a dysfunctional security team are easy to imagine, ranging from difficulty attracting and retaining talent to putting your organization at risk. These seven steps can make a world of difference.

The new math of cybersecurity value

The new math of cybersecurity value

An increasing number of CISOs are devising a new set of metrics to show how they’re impacting risk at their organizations.

8 pitfalls that undermine security program success

8 pitfalls that undermine security program success

Don’t let these easy-to-overlook mistakes trip up your security strategy.

CISOs’ 15 top strategic priorities for 2021

CISOs’ 15 top strategic priorities for 2021

Mitigating third-party risk, baking security into the development process, defending against ransomware attacks, keeping pace with digital transformation efforts—these are just a few things that are top-of-mind for CISOs today.

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