Steve Katz, the world’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), passed away at the age of 76. Katz, a cybersecurity pioneer, held the inaugural CISO role at Citicorp in 1995, setting a precedent for the industry. Throughout his career, he advocated for cybersecurity standards, information sharing, and effective leadership. Katz played a crucial role in highlighting the importance of the CISO position and building strong security teams within organizations.
In addition to his pioneering role, Katz contributed to information sharing initiatives, testifying before Congress on cybersecurity issues. He served as a mentor to many cybersecurity professionals, emphasizing the need for CISOs to gain buy-in and support from other business leaders.
Beyond his professional contributions, Katz was known for his grounded and thoughtful approach, addressing challenges with work and family life balance. Remembered as a guiding light for cybersecurity professionals, Katz’s impact on the cybersecurity community will be felt for generations. His legacy extends beyond being the first CISO, leaving behind valuable lessons in effective cybersecurity leadership, mentorship, and the importance of understanding the business landscape. Katz’s contributions have shaped the cybersecurity industry and continue to influence CISOs and security practitioners worldwide.