While recruiting for a Chief Information Security Officer in Chicago the first half of my day today, I decided to do something I haven’t specifically done before.
When I landed on a LinkedIn profile of a Chicago-based CISO, I decided to quickly scan the Summary section of their LinkedIn Profile to see what kind of message was waiting for me as the CISO's profile visitor.
- “Senior level IT professional with expertise in Global Operations, Security, and Project Management”
- “In my career of over 25 years, I have designed, implemented and operated international infrastructures”
- “More than 20 years of IT experience with 14 years of IT management and leadership in a large IT department comprising of Networking, Telecommunications, Data Center, Data Security, Application Programming, Customer Support and Client/Server Hardware”
- Recognized thought leader in the area of information Security”
- “My 18 years of work experience has touch upon a full range of information technology. I have the skills as an administrator and as a director for information technology”
- “A talented Information Security & Risk Executive, combining a thorough, results-oriented approach to complex business issues with an outstanding technical background”
- “IT Security Strategy & Program| Governance & Compliance| Technology Risk Management”
- “Internationally experienced executive who has served in the senior-most information security and information risk management roles at a number of world's largest corporations”
The gap exists between what companies are and have been asking me to deliver in a Chief Information Security Officer and the way Chief Information Security Officers are introducing themselves with the first impression they make on LinkedIn and on their resumes.
They want CISOs who can attract, mentor, develop and lead teams of people.
They want CISOs who are collaborative, persuasive, visionary, strategic and able to execute.
Nobody's LinkedIn summary convinced me that they're an expert in building relationships across lines of business.
Nobody mentioned having developed advanced skills in collaboration, negotiation, persuasion or sometimes selling.