What do you mean I need a CSO (Chief Security Officer)?

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CSO (Chief Security Officer) is a corporation’s top-level security executive who is primarily responsible for among other things:

  • Serving as the leader for the development, implementation and management of corporate security strategy, vision, and programs
  • Managing staff in identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security processes
  • Reducing risks, responding to incidents, and limiting exposure to liability in all areas of financial, physical, and personal risk
  • Establishing appropriate standards and risk controls associated with intellectual property
  • Directing the establishment and implementation of policies and procedures related to data security

This title was first used in reference to IT security, and that particular role is probably best suited for a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) today.  But a CSO’s role has evolved into more than that.  A CSO is responsible for employees, facilties, and both physical and digital assets.  That can be quite a job in some companies!  There are a number of advantages of hiring at this level:

  • They can manage the staff who will in turn manage the day-to-day security operations.
  • They can coordinate the security efforts from multiple departments to work in conjunction with one another.
  • They can oversee incidents and incident responses in order to more effectively plan for the future.
  • And perhaps one of the most important reasons – they can provide a high-level strategic overview of the company’s security measures.

Many companies are aware of the basic security needs – asset protection, data management, business continuity, physical security.  But a CSO executive brings a much broader range of skills and experience, and can thusly provide a more global picture of overall corporate security. Is your company adequately addressing it’s security leadership needs?

 

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