Leadership & Executive Communication , Training & Security Leadership , Video

Profiles in Leadership: Ty Howard

Former Athlete and Coach Applies Life Experiences to Leading Security Teams
Ty Howard, chief information security and privacy officer, city of Mesa, Arizona

As a former Division 1 wrestling athlete and coach, security leader Ty Howard learned that "repetition" and "being relentless" are keys to success.

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These lessons have been invaluable to his career as a CISO, and he encourages his team members to "continuously learn" and ask themselves, "Are you better today than yesterday? If you're not, then you slipped, because the world is getting better," he says.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Howard discusses:

  • How CISOs can improve collaboration with CIOs;
  • The most valuable skills he draws upon as a security leader;
  • Advice for aspiring CISOs or those just entering the role.

Howard, who leads cybersecurity and privacy for the city of Mesa, has worked across various public and private industries and served in different leadership capacities. He is a certified project management professional and certified information security professional, an adjunct college professor and a practitioner with over 20 years of industry experience.

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About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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