The Evolving Role of the CISO in Credit Unions

About the Podcast

DefenseStorm CISO, William Wetherill will discuss the changing role of a CISO from being a technical expert to a strategic leader. Participants will understand the key responsibilities of a CISO in managing an organization's cyber and technology risk posture, the importance of having a CISO at the decision-making table, and the role of a CISO in managing risk, policy development, and incident planning.

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Key Takeaways:

  • [01:30] Being able to properly implement risk management decisions, especially in the cyber age we live in, is incredibly important so CISOs have a lot of challenges here.
  • [02:27] Having a leader who can really communicate cyber risks and understand how ready that institution is to deal with cyber events is incredibly important.
  • [05:36] We need to be talking about risk openly. We need to be documenting and really understanding what remediating risk looks like and how you do that strategically.  
  • [16:38] Governance, risk, compliance, and adherence to regulatory controls are all being looked at much more closely. You are also seeing other technology that is coming into the fold directly responsible for helping CISOs navigate those waters. 
  • [18:28] The reaction from the governing bodies is directly related to the needs of the position. They’re trying to help make sure that we are positioned in a way that gets us the most possibility of success, maturing our postures and protecting the institutions.

Presented By

William Wetherill
William Wetherill

Chief Information Security Officer  | DefenseStorm

William is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for DefenseStorm. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) with extensive training, background, and experience in various aspects of IT systems and applications. He has over 27 years of IT experience, almost a third of it directly in cybersecurity. William was the Director of Cybersecurity Operations overseeing the 24/7 SOC at DefenseStorm before being promoted to CISO in January 2024. William was previously the Chief Information Security Officer at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington (UNCW), where he built and managed their Information Security Program.