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The Blurring Personal-Professional Executive Risks of a CISO

BlackCloak CEO Pierson Discusses Leadership, AI Threats, Regulatory Landscape
Chris Pierson, founder and CEO, BlackCloak

Nearly half of more than 500 CISOs reported cyberattacks on the personal lives of their executives, indicating the growing prevalence of hackers targeting individual employees - and skirting the strong protections of large enterprises, according to a study commissioned by Digital Executive Protection company BlackCloak.

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Another 20% of executives targeted didn't have a clue: The executives didn't report it or just haven't put two and two together, said Chris Pierson, founder and CEO of BlackCloak. The study was "really validating and powerful because that is a really big attack surface," he said. "Their personal lives, their personal Gmail accounts, personal computers, their home networks, all potentially having impact back on them - and therefore, their company."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at the RSA Conference 2024, Pierson also discussed:

  • Threats to executives in the post-AI and deepfake world;
  • The evolution of the regulatory landscape;
  • How BlackCloak is growing to meet industry needs.

Pierson previously served on the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and the DHS Cybersecurity Subcommittee. He has been on the front lines of cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime for over 20 years - with DHS, as president of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Arizona Infragard and as a CISO for financial companies. He was a founding executive of Viewpost, a fintech payments company, and served as its CISO and general counsel. He was the first chief privacy officer, senior vice president, for the Royal Bank of Scotland's U.S. operations.

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