Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Vaughn Hazen



Vaughn Hazen has 29 years of professional experience in information and technology. He served as CISO for Freeport-McMoRan for 7 years and as the CISO for CN for the last 3 years. He is also an Army veteran and retired Coast Guard Reserve officer.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started telecommunications in the Army. From there, I worked several roles with networking and telecommunications that led to network security and firewall opportunities. I moved into security full-time, after disagreeing with a CISO over intrusion detection placement. My responsibilities and experience expanded, and I was given a chance at my current role.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Listen - so the way you see the problem doesn't become the problem.

With disruption being a key theme of the past year, where do you see your role as a CISO going in the next 1-2 years?

Regulations will drive the CISO role, with compliance becoming a bigger issue across all industries.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CISO?

Leverage your network. People inside and outside of your organization have experienced similar challenges and are willing to help with guidance and sometimes with templates. Don't reinvent the wheel.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I put on a big Halloween yard display with many of the decorations I make myself.
  2. I was a high school gymnast and went to state.
  3. I've visited 16 countries.


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