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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.

A CISO lives a precarious life.  A head hunter once told me that the average CISO at large corporations lasts about 18 months before being fired or replaced.  That's because he or she faces two kinds of threats in the jungle of business -- ants and elephants.

Is the CISO role too big for one person?

Paul Groce, Global Head of CIO/Technology Operations for executive search firm CTPartners, says the CISO role has evolved beyond the scope of one position in recent years.

Former Zynga CSO: Innovate or Die

Cloud Security Alliance co-founder and former Zynga CSO Nils Puhlmann reflects on what he's learned and explains why he thinks the industry needs more pioneers.


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