Operating Partner at Andreessen Horowitz Joel de la Garza on How to Prepare for Security Leadership


The average tenure of a CISO can be brief – especially in the wake of a breach. What should security leaders do from day one to get a good handle on the job? Joel de la Garza, former CISO of Box, offers career advice.

In a video interview at RSA Conference 2018, de la Garza discusses:

  • What new CISOs are least prepared for;
  • How to prioritize security frameworks, maturity models and tools;
  • “Gotchas” to avoid.

De la Garza is responsible for information and physical security for Box. Prior to Box, he spent seven years at Citigroup in various roles, including global head of threat management and cyber intelligence – a role for which he oversaw the identification of emerging threats and the development of tactical and strategic responses to those threats, as well as managing any incidents that occurred. De la Garza also previously served as head of security architecture engineering for Citigroup’s global consumer business, where he was responsible for all information security technology for the business line.