CISOs are increasingly recognized as business enablers who must navigate digital threats while fostering innovation and ensuring business continuity [1]. In this context, three CISOs [1], Troy Wilkinson [1], Rob Geurtsen [1], and Tammy Moskites [1], share their perspectives on running an effective Security Operations Center (SOC) in 2023 [1]. They emphasize the importance of prioritizing cost efficiency while maintaining security [1].


CISOs should focus on strategic investments that yield long-term benefits and align security initiatives with cost-saving measures [1]. It is crucial to evaluate top projects and determine what needs to be accomplished in the current year versus what can be deferred [1]. By demonstrating the long-term benefits to organizational leaders [1] [2], CISOs can effectively prioritize cybersecurity initiatives [1].

Automation is a key priority for CISOs as it streamlines threat detection and response [2], addresses the skills gap in cybersecurity [2], and enhances SOC efficiency [2]. CISOs are increasingly measured on the speed at which their teams can detect and contain threats [2], and there is a focus on using learnings from previous threats to develop playbooks for future incidents [2]. CISOs must have a well-defined Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan [2], along with updated playbooks [2], and should communicate this plan to the c-suite to ensure alignment and preparedness [2].


In conclusion, CISOs should prioritize aligning cybersecurity with business objectives [2], maximizing efficiency through automation [2], adapting metrics to reflect threat dynamics [2], and being proactive in disaster preparedness [2]. This approach will enable CISOs to effectively navigate digital threats, foster innovation [1], and ensure business continuity in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.