1069: The Role of CISO and How Businesses Should Prioritize Data Risks

The Tech Talks Daily Podcast

Jan 3 2020 • 18 mins

Conversations around data and privacy are already dominating conversations in 2020. We have already discussed the impacts of the California Consumer Privacy Act CCPA and GGDPR on yesterday's episode, and today I want to explore how businesses should prioritize data risks to their business.

I chat with Roger Hales, who has become the CISO-in Residence at YL Ventures. The former Chief Information Security Officer of Informatica - a $1+ billion annual revenue software development company talks about the role of the CISO and how he has seen the role evolve.

YL Ventures funds and supports brilliant Israeli tech entrepreneurs from seed to lead. Based in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, YL Ventures manages $260 million focused on deep-technology sectors and specializes in cybersecurity.

YL Ventures accelerates the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice and U.S.-based operational execution, leveraging a powerful network of Chief Information Security Officers and global industry leaders. The firm's track record includes successful, high-profile portfolio company acquisitions by major corporations, including Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft, CA, and Proofpoint.

Roger Hale is YL Ventures' CISO-in-Residence. In this role, he imparts his 30 years of industry experience towards the firm's due diligence process by vetting candidates and concepts in the pipeline and its value-add services to its portfolio companies.

Roger proactively supports the ideation processes of up and coming entrepreneurs, advises them on the industry's greenfield opportunities, and helps YL Venture portfolio companies remove communication roadblocks with customers, refine their positioning, and validate their go-to-market strategies.

Previously, Roger directed and managed the global information security, risk, and compliance of some of hi-tech's most notable players. Most recently, this included his position as VP and CISO at Informatica. Prior to this, he served as CISO at Inkling Systems, Senior Director of Security Architecture and Engineering at Symantec, and the first ISO at Brocade Communications.

Roger's legacy in technology and information security extends across multiple verticals, including financial services, healthcare, eCommerce, biotech, and education. He has a proven track record of delivering effective strategies that align information lifecycle management with specialized business objectives, information assurance, and risk management.

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