Global CISO Forum Podcast Episode 2: Making the Leap from Middle Management to CISO

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In an in-depth interview on the Global CISO Forum Podcast with CISO of Amtrak, Ron Baklarz, talks about making the jump from middle management to executive information security management.

EC-Council's Certified Chief Information Security Officer Program Launches this week

Baklarz emphasizes the need for aspiring CISOs to stay abreast of the latest news and trends of the infosec industry, but also focus on details like, URL denials that can help point to problems before they become large-scale hacks.

Ron Baklark, CISO of Amtrak, sat down with the Global CISO Forum Podcast to discuss his career trajectory from information security management up to the role of the Chief Information Security Officer role. Baklarz emphasizes the need for aspiring CISO s to stay abreast of the latest news and trends of the infosec industry, but also focus on details like, URL denials that can help point to problems before they become large-scale hacks.

Another aspect of an overall security program that Baklarz touches on is training and awareness for end users. Designing end-user training programs for security awareness can be an area where CISOs can show their creativity in getting their message of security across to the front-line employees. Baklarz has handed this task to a member of his team who runs computer-based training for all managers.

Ron Baklarz, Amtrak’s Chief Information Security Officer, has over twenty five years in the Information Security field developing first-of-a-kind information security programs within government, military, and private sector organizations including the Naval Nuclear Program, U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company of America, The American Red Cross, MedStar Health, and Amtrak.

Podcasts can be downloaded on the EC-Council CISO site or via iTunes. For more information or to request a guest spot on the Global CISO Forum Podcast, please contact

About the EC-Council CISO Program:
EC-Council’s CISO Program has three components: CISO Events, the Certified CISO (C|CISO), and CISO Resources – a repository for white papers, podcasts, webinars and articles geared toward a CISO crowd. EC-Council’s CISO Events are invitation only and geared specifically for high-level, executive information security professionals. Combining keynotes with panel discussions, the events are opportunities for CISOs from around the world to hash out the trends and challenges of information security among their peers. The C|CISO is a certification recognizing an individual’s cumulative experience and expertise in executive information security management. Overseen by a board of seasoned and distinguished professionals, the C|CISO Program has certified over 1,100 IS executives from around the world. For more information about EC-Council’s CISO Program, please visit

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of the world-famous E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifying EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Network Security Administrator (ENSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP), Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) program for meeting the 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 training standards for information security professionals and most recently EC-Council has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information about EC-Council, please visit

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