Leathwaite attended a recent SASIG event, participating in a career panel discussion which addressed ‘the long-term career path of the CISO,’ alongside industry professionals, independent consultants and other executive search specialists. Here is an introduction to the resulting paper…

The growing threat of cyber-attacks as well as the increasing sophistication of hackers means that for many firms, hiring a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with the right blend of strategic and technical skills to protect their organisation is at the top of the agenda.

Unlike some other C-suite positions, the CISO skillset is viewed as highly transferrable across industries, resulting in cross-sector moves between vastly different businesses such as government bodies and global banks.

However, the positioning of the CISO within an organisation remains a hotly debated issue and varies between organisations; should it be under the CRO, CIO, COO or even sitting alongside these executives as a peer?

Regardless of these organisational differences, the increasing significance of the CISO position has created an extremely active market, sometimes even described as a ‘merry-go-round’ of market moves.

As a result, the role of the CISO has risen to take its place at the boardroom table as a strategic, executive level position alongside the rest of the C-suite.

With this in mind, how should today’s CISO equip themselves to make this transition? Read the complete report below:

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This paper has been written in partnership with the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG), a professional group specifically for CISOs. For more information, please click on the link below: