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The three types of CISO in today’s organizations

The future of the CISO

Many companies have taken the step of having the CISO report to the board. Regardless of the reporting chain, however, the nature of the CISO’s role is something that must evolve.

The three types of CISO in today’s organizations

For a CISO, the ability to be in sync with the wider business, and to communicate effectively to it, is vital.

Broadly speaking we encounter three types of CISOs today:

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The deep-tech CISO

The super specialist

Perhaps the most frequently encountered remains the cybersecurity expert that has risen through the ranks of the organization’s IT team, acquiring an increasingly specialized skillset. These people are steeped in cybersecurity tech, and in possession of invaluable security knowledge the business definitely needs, however this specialism may also serve to have isolated them from the wider business narrative.

 

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The business-facing CISO

Beyond tech

Our second CISO is one that has also come up through the IT ranks but has successfully established a deeper connection to those wider business needs and narratives. However technical this second CISO type’s background may be, they’ve added to it. Perhaps they’ve had some experience working at the business-IT interface before, or have simply grasped the changing requirements of the role. These are of course better positioned to inform the CIO or even address the board directly.

 

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The business CISO

The future of the role

Finally, we have the type that is arguably the most indicative of the future CISO role. These frequently arrive from the business side itself (whether they’re promoted internally or brought in from elsewhere), and view security as a factor inextricably connected to the wider strategic agenda. These tend to be the best equipped to communicate at board-level. If the business has already sought out this type of CISO,it is likely already addressing cyber security at the board level. A CIO that seeks out a CISO with this outlook can only strengthen their hand.

 

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