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Faces of ISACA: Maria Divina C. Gregorio, CISA, CRISC, PCI-ISA, PCIP, internal audit manager, VSP Global

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Posted: 4/27/2017 3:03:00 PM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Editor’s note: The ISACA Now series titled “Faces of ISACA” highlights the contributions of ISACA members to our global professional community, as well as providing a sense of their lives outside of work. Today, we spotlight Maria Divina C. Gregorio, CISA, CRISC, PCI-ISA, PCIP, internal audit manager, VSP Global, a US resident from the state of California.

ISACA Now: What motivated you to pursue a career in audit?
I chose a career in audit because it allows me to have a comprehensive understanding of and exposure to all facets of the business. I am able to use my knowledge, analytical techniques and people skills to effectively contribute to the betterment of the organization. I was also influenced by a mentor early in my career who encouraged me to explore opportunities in this field and introduced me to ISACA’s CISA certification.

 
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Giving Thanks to Those Who Volunteer

Matt Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE, Director and CEO, ISACA
Posted: 4/26/2017 8:59:00 AM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

It’s National Volunteer Week in the US. ISACA, however, is global in its reach, as is our corps of dedicated volunteers, and I want us to honor them all. So, I am choosing to declare this period as “ISACA Volunteer Appreciation Week.” In this spirit, I ask you, members of our professional community worldwide, to join me in thanking our organization’s over 4,000 members who provide us with their generous gifts of time and expertise to support advancing ISACA’s purpose to help realize the positive potential of technology.

Here, in their own words, are a few examples of volunteers’ contributions, and their motivations to give back to ISACA and our profession:

 
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As CISOs’ Roles Evolve, So Do the Reporting Lines

Michel Lambert, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, CISO, Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Posted: 4/24/2017 3:03:00 PM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Author’s note: This post was inspired by the discussions among CISOs attending ISACA’s 2016 CISO Forums, plus additional readings and personal experience. The opinions are my own. For more insights from the CISO Forums, read ISACA’s CISO Board Briefing 2017.

A study by K logix Research titled "CISO Trends" found that "53% of CISOs state that one of their main objectives is to align security with business goals while 46% want to partner with business leaders to help them solve problems.”

 
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My Transition From IT Audit to CISO

John Pouey, CISA, CISM, CRISC, Secretary, Greater New Orleans Chapter
Posted: 4/21/2017 3:00:00 PM | Category: Audit-Assurance | Permalink | Email this post

My transition from internal IT auditor to CISO in banking felt natural because, while working as an auditor, I developed a strong knowledge of information security and control concepts while also improving my communication skills.

Communication skills are crucial to the success of a CISO. Effective communication helps build positive relationships with employees at all levels within the organization. As an auditor, I presented audit reports to the Audit Committee. This served as excellent experience because I learned how to communicate effectively with top-level personnel, which was also required in my role as CISO.

 
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Evolving Cyber Threats Require Evolving Training

Frank Downs, Senior Manager, Cyber/Information Security, ISACA
Posted: 4/18/2017 8:00:00 AM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Today’s cyber security professional is an amalgamation of haphazard professional experience, rapid-fire bootcamps, and smatterings of dynamically defined academic programs. 

This has created a vibrant field, full of individuals with creative takes on issues and unconventional approaches to problems that are difficult to predict. However, as the field matures and the online attackers ratchet up their skill sets, the traditional solution becomes less effective.

This isn’t to say that professional experience isn’t helpful. In fact, the adage “there’s no substitute for experience” rings truer now than ever before. Yet, the training mechanisms through which cyber security professionals sharpen their skills must also evolve to match the new nefarious foes and develop a more robust cyber security workforce.

 
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