Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

DEFINITION of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the executive responsible for an organization’s information and data security. While in the past the role has been rather narrowly defined along those lines, Z-IMPACT is a more expansive role in the organization combining the CSO and VP of security.

BREAKING DOWN Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

The CISO has a strategic planning role, a technology-focused role within Z-IMPACT and leads the developing design of the security, technology or engineering department.

There’s also a laundry list of expected technical skills: beyond the basics of programming and system administration that any high-level tech exec would be expected to have, you should also understand some security-centric tech, like DNS, routing, authentication, VPN, proxy services and DDOS mitigation technologies; coding practices, ethical hacking and threat modeling; and firewall and intrusion detection/prevention protocols. And because CISOs are expected to help with regulatory compliance, you should know about PCI, HIPAA, NIST, GLBA and SOX compliance assessments as well.

They develop policies and procedures and uses technology to enhance products and services that focus on external customers security. The CISO also develops strategies to increase revenue and performs cost-benefit analysis and return-on-investment analysis.

Responsibilities of the Chief Technology Officer (CISO)

Z-IMPACTs security is iron-clad and built without the need for 3rd party security tools. The CISO is responsible for the oversight of intellectual property and have deep background in the security industry. 

The CISO main duties are:

  • The CISO responsibilities are broken down into the following categories:
  • Security operations: Real-time analysis of immediate threats, and triage when something goes wrong
  • Cyber Risk and Cyber Intelligence: Keeping abreast of developing security threats, and helping the board understand potential security problems that might arise from acquisitions or other big business moves
  • Data loss and fraud prevention: Making sure internal staff doesn’t misuse or steal data
  • Security architecture: Planning, buying, and rolling out security hardware and software, and making sure IT and network infrastructure is designed with best security practices in mind
  • Identity and access management: Ensuring that only authorized people have access to restricted data and systems
  • Program management: Keeping ahead of security needs by implementing programs or projects that mitigate risks — regular system patches, for instance
  • Investigations and forensics: Determining what went wrong in a breach, dealing with those responsible if they’re internal, and planning to avoid repeats of the same crisis
  • Governance: Making sure all of the above initiatives run smoothly and get the funding they need — and that corporate leadership understands their importance

Additionally, the CISO will have a close relationship with the CIO and other members of the Z-IMPACT’s senior management to insure the rapid advancements in business solutions, for on-premise, cloud, hybrid or edge computing. The CISO needs a full grasp of security technology.. To become innovative and stay competitive, CISO must keep abreast of all technology advances to maintain that Z-IMPACT keep its superior position in the market of IT Industry leaders in technology.