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CSO's CISO executive career and leadership success guide

George V. Hulme | June 2, 2015
A lot has changed since the early years, when enterprises first began embracing the CISO position. Back then, the CISO role was primarily a technical one: control user access, secure the databases, find and patch vulnerabilities, keep the malware out, and eventually to help build secure websites and eCommerce platforms. In those days, most of the highly proprietary data resided within the local area network, the data center, or within PCs and notebooks.

And it's not just the type of, and how enterprise business-technology systems are built, but also where all the data are going. Not only is data traveling on more mobile devices, but enterprise networks are being extended now to the physical world, with the Internet of Things (IoT). And these networked systems will be managing automated building systems, fleets of trucks and autos, factory equipment, industrial SCADA systems, and more. This will profoundly change what is at stake when breaches are successful.

The future role of the CISO

While the CISO has been proven to help improve organizational security and improve the outcomes when security breaches do occur, it doesn't mean that the value of the CISO can be taken for granted. Broadly speaking, CISOs often report that they have a tough time communicating this to business leadership, whether that is the owner, the board, the CIO or the CFO.

This is why it's crucial that, to succeed, CISOs need to master how to communicate the value of their information security and risk management program to the business. And as attackers and business-technology systems continue to evolve in numbers and sophistication and regulatory mandates grow more intense -- successfully meeting the information security challenge is just going to grow harder in the years ahead.

To help you, we've put together this guide that focuses on CISO career and leadership success, which we will regularly update, to keep CISOs informed about what they need to know in order to succeed.

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