Phoenix is America’s fifth largest city, and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. Shannon Lawson became the city’s chief information security officer (CISO) on April 2, 2019, and the past 20 months have been quite a technology and cybersecurity journey, with unexpected turns and challenges from COVID-19 and more.
But Mr. Lawson is not your typical major city CISO. His career includes several leadership roles in cybersecurity with the U.S. Navy and a stint as the first CISO for Alaska. He holds an MBA from Utica College, as well as several certifications and credentials that demonstrate a deep business and technical acumen.
I first met Shannon when he was heading to Alaska, and it was clear that he was prepared and ready for the challenges ahead. His knowledge and confidence are clearly strong attributes that guide his decisive approach to leading security teams, and he has been recognized as a top government security leader by several organizations.
I was delighted when Shannon agreed to this interview, and I am sure that his insights can and will help many around the world in their cyberbattles.
Interview Between Shannon Lawson, Phoenix CISO, and Dan Lohrmann
Dan Lohrmann (DL): You have held several security leadership positions at the federal, state and local levels. Can you describe differences you’ve seen in different government leadership roles?
Shannon Lawson (SL): I have held positions within the federal government in both the intelligence community and the military. I have also been the CISO at the state of Alaska and with the city of Phoenix. The biggest difference that I experienced between the three is the autonomy in determining risk tolerance and follow-on activity to improve the security posture. As a member of the intelligence community at a particular agency, (Read more…)
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