It’s always the “Witching hour” for Infosec professionals. Nobody likes to be left in the dark but it is more likely when you’re dealing with the unknown.

With the threat of cyber attacks and hackers hiding around corner, the Infosec professional has to be more careful than ever in their approach to security to avoid a large-scale attack that we’ve seen affect organisations this year such as Three (Mobile), Equifax, Wonga and most recently the NHS.

We asked our Infosec community “What’s the scariest thing that has happened in your job this year?”

We asked what things in IT Security spooked Simon Legg, Group CISO for JLT Group and Angela Isom, Group Head of Data Protection Risk for JLT Group – two of our guest speakers at our upcoming Noord Infosec Dialogue UK.

What is the scariest thing that has happened to you at work this year?

Simon: “Saying goodbye to one company and hello to another…  I think the scariest question anyone has in their career is ‘What difference have I made?’ and conversely ‘Will I be able to make a difference?’ – these inflection points for me are more pronounced when you move from one company to another or take a meaningful turn in your career.”

Angela: “The scariest thing for me this year – trying to deliver certainty about GDPR compliance in the absence of helpful guidance from the regulators.”

Monsters in your closet! What are your biggest fears as a CISO?

Simon: “Biggest Monster I think in any CISO’s closet is ‘Have I done enough? Am I doing too much?'”

Angela: “I’m not a CISO but my biggest fear in respect of security is public perception of a firm’s risk appetite in the aftermath of a reportable data breach.”

Do you have any scary cyber security stories to share? Leave a comment below or be part of the conversation on Twitter or LinkedIn

Be part of the Infosec conversation and join us in November for the Noord Infosec Dialogue UK

Join 50 CISOs and other security executives from BMI Healthcare, General Electric, Metropolitan Police, Barclays, John Lewis, Sky, Sainsbury’s, and more on 23rd and 24th November at the Noord InfoSec Dialogue UK to hear how your peers are:

– educating and raising cyber-security awareness across their business
– discovering the business opportunity behind EUGDPR
– developing and acquiring the right talent for a transformed security function, cross-function collaboration and change

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