Top 10 CISOs to Watch in 2021

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Nick Andersen, Lumen

Nick Andersen

Public Sector Chief Information Security Officer, Lumen Technologies

As public sector chief information security officer for Lumen Technologies, Nick Andersen brings with him a suite of skills honed from working cybersecurity inside the Energy Department last year. He is proud of the government work he did to build, maintain and operationalize trusted partnerships with the private sector to increase the cybersecurity and resilience of critical infrastructure. 

Now, Andersen is looking at cyber issues from a different angle. He joined Lumen in February to help ensure the company’s cybersecurity and IT products meet federal security requirements and risk management standards.

Governments, critical infrastructure partners and the collective supply chain are key targets for cyber compromise in a world where the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks are ever increasing — which makes protecting them more challenging and more important than ever.

Lumen has one of the world’s largest internet backbones with 450,000 route miles of fiber and customers in more than 60 countries. That infrastructure, plus the ability to see cyber issues through a global lens and apply those insights to enabling, connecting and protecting government reasons, is why Andersen is excited to join Lumen.

Why Watch

Andersen is working to bring the government’s mission closer to its stakeholders by expanding the Lumen platform to support data-intensive, latency-sensitive requirements at the edge. The entire Lumen platform is backed by intelligent and automated cyber threat detection with built-in security to safeguard agencies’ data and applications. Andersen is focused on building on the company’s in-house threat intelligence to deliver best-in-breed cybersecurity and IT products that meet the government’s strict security requirements and risk management standards.

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