The CISO Ascends From Technologist to Strategic Business Enabler

August 3, 2018

This first report in a multipart series, which appraises various cybersecurity occupations using natural language processing (NLP), examines the role of the CISO from the vantage point of employer job ads and CISO resumes. Findings show that the role and prominence of the chief information security officer (CISO) continue to expand and transform. CISOs are no longer seen as technologists tasked to manage their organizations’ security risks. Much more than security tacticians, CISOs are seen as business strategists who reach across organizational boundaries to build business-level relationships and orchestrate business strategies that enable digital transformation and govern compliance-related issues.

Key takeaways from the analysis are broken into two sections: 1) hard and soft skills, and 2) education and career demographics. 

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