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The Top 10 Qualities of a Successful CISO
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A chief information security officer (CISO), who is successful, must wear many hats. CISOs must manage risk, protect company data, and oversee the security infrastructure. But that’s not all. A successful CISO must also have certain qualities that distinguish them from other leaders in their field. This article will highlight the top 10 qualities a successful CISO must possess.
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What is a CISO?
A CISO (Certified Information Security Officer) is a senior executive who is responsible for the development and implementation of an organization’s information security plan (Gupta 2021). These programs are designed for data protection to prevent unauthorized access and theft. The responsibilities of a CISO include managing risk and ensuring compliance to applicable laws, regulations and standards.
The Qualities of a Successful CISO
While the characteristics of a successful CISO will vary from one organization to the next, there are some key traits that all CISOs should have. These qualities enable them to excel in their job and protect their organization’s data. Let’s take a closer look at some of these characteristics.
1. They have a technical background.
CISOs need to have a solid technical background in order to understand how technology can be used for data, networks, or systems protection. They should also be aware of current threats and vulnerabilities. This will allow them to design and implement security infrastructure that is efficient and up-to-date.
This quality can be achieved by a CISO by attending conferences and taking courses in information security.
2. They are good communicators.
CISOs are excellent communicators and can communicate security concerns to senior management as well as other stakeholders. They are able to translate complex security concepts into language that is understandable by non-technical personnel.
Communication skills can be taught through public speaking classes, writing workshops and practice (Dagostino 2021).
3. They’re organized.
CISOs need to have organizational skills, including the ability manage multiple projects simultaneously. A CISO must have a clear vision of their security program and be able to implement it on time. It is essential that CISOs are able to set and meet deadlines, as many security projects require quick turnarounds.
The best way for CISOs improve their organizational skills and to be more organized is to create a system that works well for them and then stick to it. This could include using a planner, calendar, or task manager.
4. They are able to manage people effectively.
CISOs are skilled in motivating and managing security professionals, as well as engaging other employees. They are aware of the importance of creating a positive working environment and providing sufficient resources for their team.
There are many ways you can manage and lead people. You can provide clear direction, set expectations, and be supportive. You can learn leadership skills through books, mentorship programs, and online resources.
5. They’re ethical.
A CISO is ethical, and they follow best practices in information security. They are also aware of the importance of data privacy and protect the privacy of their customers and clients as well as employees.
Information security is governed by many rules and regulations. The industry compliance standards and requirements can be a great source of guidance for ethical behavior. These regulations can be kept up to date by CISOs by attending conferences, reading industry news, and networking with other professionals.
6. They’re proactive.
A successful CISO takes proactive steps to prevent cyberattacks from happening (Dontov 2021). They are also up-to-date on the latest threats and vulnerabilities.