Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) play a vital role in salvaging information systems in a mess through data breaches. However, this task is no child’s play because one is required to address all technological, financial, and legal matters concerning information systems and networks of an organization. Also, they are responsible for responding positively to the pressure from the management. Their job revolved around restoring customer trust in case of a data breach and manage all compliance matters of an organization as long as Information Security is concerned.
The role of CISOs is becoming even more challenging with the changes and diversity experienced in technology. The physical infrastructure and software programs are upgrading into better and more complex technologies. Developers in enterprises are currently integrating the two to form a single unit instead of using the old version technology of separating physical and logical security to reduce the cost of maintenance. As technology diversifies, Chief Information Security Officers are also evolving to fit in the dynamic world. Cybersecurity professionals have widened the scope by addressing security matters from a business perspective, but not as a security problem. Therefore, CISOs should enlighten and acquaint themselves with the latest cybersecurity techniques in the market to continue being valuable in this challenging but competitive field.
What are CISOs required to do? First, they should have both logical and physical security expertise. Many organizations prefer CISOs that can handle both physical and cybersecurity issues. It helps businesses to avoid the cost of hiring more employees in this wave of a pandemic that comes along with crucial financial implications. Also, information security is transforming into an organizational structure because both physical and cybersecurity techniques are being integrated to form a single unit that is formidable to cyber threats.
Secondly, they should have a drive that empowers them to implement a ‘culture of change’ in providing technical solutions. Stakeholders and executives of organizations avoid investing in cyber transformation programs. Many organizations still rely on old-generation techniques, hardware, and software programs. It is because of underestimating the complexity and the intensity that comes along with the transformation. The existing architecture in many organizations does not promote the high performance of CISOs hence making it difficult to fit in the current dynamics. To solve this problem CISOs are advised to form a collaborative relationship with the executive management to secure a proportionate budget that caters to adequate and up-to-date resources.
They should also conduct regular training of employees and staff through workshops, webinars, and boot camps to enable them to think and act like CISOs. The demand for Information Security Officers is rising steadily in the market and adequate training of employees especially those in different departments makes work easy because they gain skills to deal with less complicated security issues. CISOs benefit a great deal from this technique because they get enough time to focus on the complex tasks submitted to them while at the same time acquainting themselves with new emerging skills.
Finally, CISOs should learn and implement not only cloud computing but also Artificial Intelligence techniques to secure information and provide an automatic response to a crisis. Currently, enterprises are migrating to cloud computing because of the security techniques that come along with it. CISOs should acquaint themselves with cloud computing techniques i.e. Identity and Access Management to curb unauthorized access to systems and gain competitive value in the job market.