Episode 57: Building Your First Cybersecurity Program - Exabeam

Episode 57: Building Your First Cybersecurity Program


On this whopper of an episode, Steve speaks with Benjamin Edelen, CISO of Boulder County, Colorado. Steve and Benjamin talk about what it’s like building your first program, and the added pressure of it also being your organization’s first cybersecurity program. 

Knowing When It’s Time to Move On

So you’ve built a great program and set your team up for success, what’s next? Benjamin recalls a conversation with a mentor of his, who played a transformative role at the organization. He talks about how a great mentor offers advice  on being successful within your organization, and beyond. 

Benjamin and Steve also talk about:

  • Getting recognition for your work
  • Passing on the torch to young leaders
  • The nuts and bolts of moving on – documentation and planning

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More about Benjamin

Benjamin Edelen is the Chief Information Security Officer of Boulder County, Colorado. Boulder

County is a government with a $500M budget and 3,000 employees. The county serves over 320,000 residents, provides critical infrastructure, and is a major science and technology hub. The program protects Boulder County through the careful alignment of risk and services, a people-first security culture, and by getting the basics right.  Benjamin holds a bunch of professional certifications, actively presents at government and cybersecurity conferences, and is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

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