Who is a CISO?
A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a senior level executive within an organization responsible for the information and data security of a business. The CISO leads the business’s Information Security strategy by identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining processes across the enterprise to reduce IT security risks. This risk is reduced by managing security technologies, leading the establishment and implementation of policies, responding to security incidents and conducting regular risk assessments. Many organisations cannot afford to retain or justify a CISO on a full-time basis.
With the rise in data breaches and hefty fines, companies are now reevaluating their commitment to their information security posture. A CISO has become a high demand role now especially after GDPR has come into force. However, this comes with many misconceptions on what this role can and should do.
Here are 3 top myths in this role:
We have a CISO, which means our business is secure:
It is never safe to assume that your organisation is safe from a breach because a CISO is in place. The role is only one part of it where they help the organisation meet the appropriate security standards and protocols. The fact is that a security gap can occur at any point in time, from an employee clicking a phishing e-mail to an employee accessing a vulnerable personal application within the organisations network. Having a CISO is a benefit but there are parallel actions that need to be taken unconditionally to help a business stay secure from an attack.
A CISO & DPO are the same:
A CISO is responsible for the complete information security programme aimed to safeguard the company’s assets and the DPO would audit the corporate guidelines of that same information security programme to ensure it supports GDPR compliance. These two roles can sometimes contradict each other, for example, when the CISO takes action to ensure the security of the business data assets that might go against the personal data security, privacy and confidentiality clause.
A CISO should ideally play as a support role to the DPO and the heads of all other department to follow best compliance practices.
CIOs & CISOs often conflict with each other:
Just like CISOs, CIOs have seen their role changing, this is being driven by the need to keep pace with new technologies, increased security requirements, and the ever growing demands of the business.
A CIO helps a business to use modern information technology infrastructure to enable employee productivity and make processes more efficient. From a cyber-security set of tasks, they will be involved in ensuring a security process for areas such as IoT applications and seeing how other organisations in similar sectors are handling their cyber security landscape.
Do you see how the two collaborate with each other now?
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