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CyberEdBoard Profiles in Leadership: Tiauna Ross

Stryker's Ross Discusses Effective Leadership and Mentoring in Security
Tiauna Ross, senior director, digital and ERP cybersecurity, CCI, Stryker, and CyberEdBoard member

Since transitioning from CPA to cybersecurity professional in 2015, Tiauna Ross has brought a unique blend of skills and qualities to her leadership role. She attributed her success to adaptability, a passion for problem-solving and a keen understanding of technology's impact on business.

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Ross, senior director for digital and ERP cybersecurity, CCI, at Stryker, said it's important to spend time with the team, understand their motivations, and align tasks with individual skills to maximize productivity and satisfaction. Hiring for both skills and attitude and sharing responsibilities within the team promote a healthy work-life balance, she said.

Ross addressed the challenge of balancing agility with regulatory compliance. "Engineering and research and development are areas where innovation is a part of what is delivered," Ross said. "In looking at adjacent fields and capabilities, agile methodology is one of my favorite things to implement."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Ross also discussed:

  • The importance of building a strong relationship with vendors in cybersecurity;
  • Mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals;
  • Why developing business acumen is critical for cybersecurity leaders.

At Stryker, Ross focuses on leveraging innovative solutions to safeguard digital and ERP systems. She has 20 years of experience across domains and is a project management professional, certified information systems security professional, certified data privacy solutions engineer, certified public accountant and certified business analysis professional. Ross is a CyberEdBoard member.

CyberEdBoard is ISMG's premier members-only community of senior-most executives and thought leaders in the fields of security, risk, privacy and IT. CyberEdBoard provides executives with a powerful, peer-driven collaborative ecosystem, private meetings and a library of resources to address complex challenges shared by thousands of CISOs and senior security leaders located in 65 different countries worldwide.

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About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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