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The Chief Information Security Officer

Insights, tools and survival skills

The Chief Information Security Officer by Barry Kouns
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The Chief Information Security Officer: Insights, tools and survival skills 

Discover the skills you need to be a successful CISO in today’s changing world

The role of the Chief Information Security Officer has evolved enormously in recent years in response to security threats and a challenging business environment. Instead of being primarily a master technician, today’s CISO has to be a trusted advisor to senior management.

The Changing Role of the Information Security Officer

The CISO has overall responsibility for corporate security strategy, but today’s CISO has to be in the business of managing information, not just securing it. The successful CISO needs to have excellent communication and presentation skills, and to demonstrate keen business acumen.

The serious and ever-changing nature of today’s security threats demand a strategic-minded response, and a successful CISO will always be thinking about how to gain business objectives through enabling technology while properly managing risk.

This pocket guide emphasises the importance of a suitable information security management system (ISMS) and the risk management methodolgy that should be at its heart.

Read this pocket guide and …
  • Learn how the role of a CISO has changed.
  • Today’s CISO must be integrated into all aspects of the business and have a full understanding of its strategy and objectives.

  • Understand the importance of a risk management methodology.
  • A good risk management methodology must take into account the special information security needs of the company as well as legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Learn how to establish a successful ISMS.
  • The guide explains how to design and implement an ISMS that is appropriate for the organisation. It also describes the key management system processes that should be included in an ISMS.

Chief Information Security Officers are bombarded with huge challenges every day, from recommending security applications to strategic thinking and business innovation. This guide describes the hard and soft skills that a successful CISO requires: not just a good knowledge of information security, but also attributes such as flexibility and communication skills.

Read this guide and learn the secrets of being a successful CISO

IT Governance Ltd; May 2011
71 pages; ISBN 9781849281836
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Title: The Chief Information Security Officer
Author: Barry Kouns; Jake Kouns