Why does your business need a CISO?

Why does your business need a CISO?

The CISO is a leadership position responsible for: Establishing the right security and governance practices, Enabling a framework for risk-free and scalable business operations in the challenging business landscape,… The position of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can take a variety of job tasks and responsibilities depending on the size, hierarchy, industry vertical and compliance regulations applicable to the organization.

In 2020, a world inexorably going digital was sped up by COVID-19, necessitating businesses to enable remote workforces overnight, without planning or preparation. This change required chief information security officers (CISOs) to ensure digital security on the go, simultaneously reckoning with new and emerging threats, while ensuring business continuity in a workplace that now featured a multiplicity of systems, networks, devices, programs, processes and overflowing information.

With the rise of digital transformation initiatives in 2020, a Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISO) already stressful work environment has become even more complex. A post-pandemic world has spawned other challenges for security professionals with the rise of remote work—like making sure data remained secure in an environment that wasn’t constantly monitored, Zoom hacks, secure API integrations, and dozens of other issues. CISO’s are facing more scrutiny about security posture from the Board of Directors than ever.

CISO’s needed to be on the top of their game—because, in addition to those high-risk challenges, countless businesses found themselves fast-forwarding their digital transformation initiatives to adapt to the new normal. 2020 has been coined as the year of the great accelerator because initiatives that had been put on hold were now suddenly necessary to support remote work. With the lack of in-person face time, combined with security risks, many businesses were playing catch up as threat models and control points changed, and they seemed always to find themselves one step behind.

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Sources:
(1) cio.com
(2) searchsecurity

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