I'd think it takes a certain type of person to be a CISO, someone who certainly thrives on pressure and change, but someone who also enjoys a challenge and on accomplishing temporary victories in an ongoing battle. I'd love to delve deeper into how some CISOs earned their positions, especially at midsize organizations. Did they come from an IT position that evolved, basically from focusing on security for the majority of their job? Did the organization realize it needed a c-level security exec after a major breach or problem? Did two companies merge, making it necessary for a senior manager to oversee security integration? Something completely different?
I was just reading another post about HR and IT being high stress due to all the secrets they need to keep - add CISO to this list.
The job reminds me of jobs like dentists. So few like going to the dentist and so few people like hearing about security issues. To exectives it is about defense (avoiding risk) rather than offense (making money, innovating, new product/service development). To the regular old employee, security is one more inconvenience.
A needed job - yes! But a stressful one. And, if a security issue arises, I have to image the CISO is at the forefront of any necessary human sacrifice for the company to save face.
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