As business organisations come under threat from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks, IT professionals with the necessary skills to fulfil the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) are increasingly sought after.
The Chief Information Security Officer works closely with the broader IT team and other executives to develop, manage and educate on all matters relating to Information Security.
The Chief Information Security Officer offers thought leadership and strategic direction to define and deliver effective information security strategies and policies, manage the end user security environment and implement an organisation’s information security management system to ensure the integrity of IT systems and data.
- Direct and approve the design of IT security systems
- Define and implement security strategy
- Work with business stakeholders to manage risk exposure and ensure business functionality
- Review and approve security policies, controls and cyber-incident response planning
- Approve system identity and access policies
- Ensure disaster recovery and business continuity plans are in place and tested
- Review investigations after breaches or incidents including impact analysis, and offer recommendations for avoiding similar vulnerabilities
- Ensure compliance with the changing laws and applicable regulations
In addition to a degree in Computer Science or related field and extensive relevant experience in an IT security environment, candidates for a Chief Information Security Officer role will need to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Maintain a current understanding the IT threat landscape for the industry
- Ability to translate identification of emerging IT risks into actionable plans to protect the business
- Understand of the implementation and working application of information security standards such as ISO 27001
- The leadership skills to galvanise and motivate a broad IT team
- Outstanding time management skills to prioritise a demanding workload and readily switch between different projects
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