Life as a CISO

    A dynamic content series that aims to up-level the cybersecurity industry — and all of us working in it.

    Lenny Zeltser

    Lenny Zeltser

    SANS Faculty Fellow, Axonius CISO

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    Lenny Zeltser designs practical security solutions and shepherds them to a sustainable state. As the CISO of Axonius, he leads the security program to earn customers' trust and fuel the company's growth. In his prior roles, he built security products and services at companies such as NCR. Lenny helps shape cybersecurity practices by teaching at SANS Institute and sharing knowledge through writing, public speaking, and community projects. He used to be hands-on in many areas of cybersecurity and IT. Now he focuses on strategy and leadership, treating security as an enabler that helps people and companies achieve their goals. Outside of work, Lenny loves cooking for his family and friends.

    What is Life as a CISO?

    Life as a CISO is a dynamic content series that aims to up-level the cybersecurity industry — and all of us working in it.

    Hosted by SANS Faculty Fellow and Axonius CISO Lenny Zeltser, Life as a CISO spotlights cutting edge cybersecurity practitioners, sharing innovative approaches to today’s most complex security problems, and offering practical career advice that you can take action on right now.

    Each month, Axonius highlights one cybersecurity leader as CISO of the Month. Participants are featured guests on a live webinar and may be asked to join in on other activities. Want to nominate yourself or someone else for CISO of the Month?

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