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CyberEdBoard Profiles in Leadership: Aman Sood

Elsevier Cybersecurity VP Shares His Leadership Journey and Challenges
Aman Sood, cybersecurity business engagement, vice president, Elsevier, and CyberEdBoard member

Aman Sood began his career in cybersecurity as a help desk analyst, handling tasks such as resetting user passwords and providing technical support. His early roles involved progressing through second- and third-line support, end-user computing and Microsoft certification, and they led him further into cybersecurity.

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Sood's role as CISO at smaller organizations required him to wear multiple hats, including handling everything from hardware orders, endpoint configurations and strategic board updates to speaking to customers. "In a larger organization, it's a much more matrix-managed environment," he said.

Sood emphasized the need for security leaders to engage with the business, ensuring security is integrated at all levels. "Some of the biggest challenges are raising awareness and the profile of security. As security leaders, sometimes we're focused on the technical aspects. We can feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the domains that we have to manage, and we take our eye off the business side. But business engagement is key," he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2024, conducted as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Sood also discussed:

  • Why security leaders should balance technical responsibilities with business engagement;
  • The need to adopt AI responsibly and ensure robust security measures;
  • The importance of collaborative efforts in cybersecurity.

Sood has more than 25 years of proven expertise leading change and influencing strategy. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

CyberEdBoard is ISMG's premier members-only community of senior-most executives and thought leaders in the fields of security, risk, privacy and IT. CyberEdBoard provides executives with a powerful, peer-driven collaborative ecosystem, private meetings and a library of resources to address complex challenges shared by thousands of CISOs and senior security leaders located in 65 different countries worldwide.

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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