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Fight Fire with Fire: Proactive Cybersecurity Strategies for Today’s Leaders


With today’s expanding attack surface, constantly evolving threat landscape, and growing cyber skills gap, cybersecurity leaders need actionable best practices from seasoned peers more than ever.  Fight Fire with Fire: Proactive Cybersecurity Strategies for Today’s Leaders, authored by Renee Tarun, Fortinet’s Deputy CISO, along with fourteen female cybersecurity leaders who have come together to contribute their unique perspectives and learnings from across industries and sectors.

The book is the latest effort by Fortinet as part of its Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) initiative to help showcase diversity within the cybersecurity workforce and close the cyber skills gap. This book of collective advice brings together years of experience from a diverse group of accomplished experts in cybersecurity so that anyone in the field can leverage proactive cybersecurity strategies in the face of the threats of today or tomorrow.

Just to give you an idea of the urgency of the need for practical solutions right now, Fortinet recently reported that ransomware had increased ten-fold in the last year. In addition, according to an (ISC)2 report, to fill the cybersecurity skills gap worldwide, 3.12 million professionals are still needed. Security teams globally struggle to keep pace with the growing, evolving threat landscape and digital transformation. They also are challenged to find talent to fill the critical roles needed to help combat growing cyber threats.

Fight Fire with Fire: Proactive Cybersecurity Strategies for Today’s Leaders explores the evolution of the CISO’s responsibilities and delivers an actionable blueprint to effectively improve cybersecurity across an organization with a three-pronged approach that encompasses people, process, and technology. From effective risk management to supply chain security and communicating with the board, the book presents first-hand discussions from industry leaders covering every critical competency in information security. It also shares knowledge and decades of experience from top cybersecurity professionals unmatched in a textbook or certification exam.

In collaboration with other cybersecurity leaders, Fight Fire with Fire also presents discussions around:

  • The changing role of the CISO—moving from technologist to strategist.
  • CISO responsibilities and requirements, communicating to the board, building a culture of security, and the cyber threat landscape.
  • Cyber risk management, blending NOC and SOC, secure development, compliance, and supply chain risk.
  • Security in the cloud, IoT and edge security, security-driven networking, and achieving end-to-end security.
  • Diversity in cybersecurity: How to address the skills gap and grow a diverse workforce.

Fight Fire is also borne from Fortinet’s continued focus to develop more cyber awareness—in this case, through key insights from leaders in the field—and help close the cyber skills gap by exposing more women to the industry. The result is a collaborative team effort involving many diverse cyber leaders and experts from government and the private sector. Thanks to their insightful contributions, thought leadership, dedication, and energy, we continue to push boundaries and make our cyber world safer and more secure.

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