Thursday, March 07, 2013

Jeff Snyder's Weekly Look Into What Makes a CISO / CSO Successful

I’m always looking for new ways in which I can use my position to bring value to the security profession. When I refer to my position, I’m simply referring to the position I occupy sitting between security, risk, compliance and privacy professionals and those who hire security, risk, compliance and privacy professionals. I constantly learn from the individuals I’m fortunate to work with every day so I’ve been thinking about how I can pass on some of what I learn for the benefit of others.

A few weeks ago I came up with the idea to leverage my position for the good of those who one day aspire to become a CISOs or CSO. For that matter, current CISOs or CSOs who are struggling might benefit from the advice of their successful peers.

The idea is pretty simple. I’ve begun reaching out to CISOs and CSOs to find out what they think the secret to their professional success is so I can share their secrets with those who wish to one day be a successful CISO or a CSO.

I hope you find this information to be helpful. I’ll try to post a new success secret every week as these points of view are shared with me.

 How the CISO of an Educational Institution views success

The secret sauce for a CISO is truly being a strategic partner in the business operations. For some reason, CISOs have adapted to understanding business processes more than perhaps anyone else other than the "C" level executive responsible for any given function. In my mind, this comes from needing to be thorough and strategic in implementing security, and all other areas of the business follow. By being a valuable asset, others begin to request your assistance, not just with security, but with the general business initiatives as well. Nothing makes us more capable of securing an organization than being a part of its strategic mission.

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