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CyberEdBoard Profiles in Leadership: Vaughn Hazen

CN Rail CISO Shares Tips for Organizations to Ramp Up Cybersecurity
Vaughn Hazen, CISO, CN Rail, and CyberEdBoard member

Organizations that conduct 24/7 operations - such as hospitals, power plants and financial services - must be hypervigilant over cybersecurity, particularly in complex hybrid IT environments. Legacy systems that coexist with modern cloud-based applications further complicate the sometimes arduous process of implementing effective cybersecurity measures and complying with new regulations. Meanwhile, government regulators play a pivotal role in overseeing and enforcing cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure but at times are not fully equipped with a deep understanding of the technologies, tactics and techniques employed by cyber adversaries.

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With the reliance on cloud environments and emerging technologies increasing across critical infrastructure sectors, comprehensive training for government regulators and all organizational stakeholders is vital. Effective patch management in hybrid IT environments requires careful planning and coordination to minimize operational disruptions. And a smart digital workforce can act as the first line of cyber defense and significantly improve an organization's overall cybersecurity posture, according to Vaughn Hazen, CISO of CN Rail.

"When you get a company that is over 100 years old, you get some things that came along at different eras of the business. You have unique elements that are present," Hazen said. "Legacy systems, some as old as 40 years old, then we've got some things that are cloud-native solutions."

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

  • How to improve training for government regulators on critical infrastructure cybersecurity;
  • Ways industry experts can enhance cyber training for public and private sector organizations;
  • Tips on how to maintain a cyber work-life balance amid increasing threats and vulnerabilities.

Hazen has served as CISO at CN Rail since 2019. Prior to this, he served as CISO at Freeport-McMoRan and held several management positions at Solvay S.A. and Dart Container Corp. where he directed security operations, telecommunications project management, and telecommunications operations. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve officer and a member of the CyberEdBoard.

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About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

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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