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About the Return on Security
The top source for cybersecurity market insights on the web. Highly relevant for cybersecurity practitioners, CISOs, IT leaders, and venture capital investors. Written by CISO, angel investor, and entrepreneur Mike Privette, who has previously held cybersecurity leadership roles at large banks, insurance companies, startups, and has founded two companies.
What is This Place?
Return on Security is a place for me to write about my original ideas on career advancement, cybersecurity trends, and a look behind the business that runs the industry.
This site is a culmination of firsthand experiences and deep dives into the cybersecurity world that I've navigated throughout my entire career.
The goal of Return on Security is to stand as one of the most distinctive and valuable resources for cybersecurity professionals across the globe.
I am dedicated to offering fresh content that not only engages people but also provides them with situational awareness, in-depth context, and actionable insights about working in or around the cybersecurity field.
Through sharing my journey and the lessons learned along the way, Return on Security delves into the mindset and strategic thinking of a seasoned cybersecurity career operator.
Why "Return on Security"?
The concept of Return on Security is inspired by the financial principle of "Return on Security Investment (ROSI)."
For those new to the term, Return on Security Investment (ROSI) is a critical metric to evaluate the efficacy of their cybersecurity initiatives against the investments of time, money, and resources. In the realm of cybersecurity, ROSI helps businesses measure the financial benefits of their security spending.
ROSI serves as a nuanced counterpart to the more widely recognized "Return on Investment" (ROI), focusing on the performance of security investments relative to their costs.
My investment in Return on Security echoes this principle, channeling my time and effort into creating and disseminating valuable contributions to the field through this platform.
What to Expect
A pulse on the cybersecurity market and trends worth knowing about. What is happening in cybersecurity, and why? How is the market changing? How is the cybersecurity market different from the rest of the tech market? What does this mean for cybersecurity decision-makers and for those navigating their careers? I cover patterns and trends heard within the cybersecurity community and high-growth startups in Security, Funded.
Actionable advice for cybersecurity leaders, managers, and practitioners. Topics covered are relevant to those working in or investing in the cybersecurity industry.
An independent perspective. While Return on Security is supported by sponsorships to keep the content free for all, it remains committed to providing an independent and unbiased viewpoint.
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What Sets Return on Security Apart
Return on Security distinguishes itself by stripping away the fluff and focusing on what truly matters to you as a cybersecurity professional. Through a blend of personal narrative, industry analysis, and actionable insights, the aim is to educate, engage, and empower people.
Educate: By keeping you informed about the latest trends and strategies within the cybersecurity field, providing the knowledge you need to stay ahead.
Engage: Sharing personal experiences and insights offers a unique perspective that resonates on a personal level, fostering a deeper connection.
Empower: With actionable advice and strategic insights, the goal is to equip you to navigate the complexities of the cybersecurity landscape confidently.
Who Are You?
I'm Mike Privette, and I've been in the cybersecurity industry my entire career, from engineer to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to entrepreneur, and beyond.
My journey has seen me managing tens of millions of dollars in cybersecurity solutions and leading the growth of cybersecurity teams across various organizations. As a result, I have lots of opinions on the business inner workings of cybersecurity from a practitioner’s point of view.
I spend all my time living in the cybersecurity world, leading security teams, talking to founders, advising VCs, and learning from other cybersecurity practitioners while collecting data and studying trends. My mission is to collect data, observe trends, and share these insights with you.
I'm really excited that you're here, and I can't wait to share more with you!