Intelligent CISO Issue 53 - Page 28

The CISO has evolved from being the steward of data to also being a guardian for availability with the emergence of more destructive and disruptive attacks .
CISOs today must be highly adaptable and serve as the connective tissue between security , privacy and ultimately , consumer trust .
editor ’ s question

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he role of CISO

T first emerged as organisations embraced digital revolutions and began relying on new data streams to help inform business decisions . As technology continued to advance and become more complex , so too did threat actors who saw new opportunities to disrupt businesses by stealing or holding that data hostage for ransom .

As the years have gone by and cyberattacks have become more sophisticated , the role of the CISO has had to change . The CISO has evolved from being the steward of data to also being a guardian for availability with the emergence of more destructive and disruptive attacks . As a result , CISOs today must be highly adaptable and serve as the connective tissue between security , privacy and ultimately , consumer trust .
In terms of management style , there ’ s a fine balance between continuing to

The CISO has evolved from being the steward of data to also being a guardian for availability with the emergence of more destructive and disruptive attacks .

CISOs today must be highly adaptable and serve as the connective tissue between security , privacy and ultimately , consumer trust .

make progress on strategic initiatives that will reduce risk and improve security maturity , while also being adaptable enough to stop and pivot as needed . It ’ s also important to communicate clearly to your teams the need to balance these priorities . I think the key is to continue leading with the same level of diligence
HEATHER GANTT-EVANS , CISO , SAILPOINT as CISOs have traditionally been , never letting their foot off the gas – because those looming in the shadows of the Dark Web certainly aren ’ t slowing down .
As CISOs we also need to embrace information sharing and collaboration in order to take our organisations from being one step behind cybercriminals to being two steps ahead at all times .
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