Chief Information Security Officer Jobs
What is a chief information security officer?
The chief information security officer (CISO) is responsible for the management of the entire information security department of an organisation. This involves overseeing the strategy of the department, monitoring the requirements of staff in terms of equipment, applications and projects being undertaken.
As a C-level management position, you will be expected to have a great deal of experience in cyber security, management and organisational skills. You will be responsible for every aspect of the team’s daily operations, including planning, direction, training, development and compliance with relevant regulations.
What does a CISO do?
This is a role with a great deal of responsibility and any potential candidate will need to have a comprehensive knowledge of every aspect of information security in order to oversee, understand and make decisions based on the available data which will keep the company safe and secure.
- Decision-making and organisation
In this role, you will be responsible for making all executive decisions and organising the strategy to be followed by each area of the security department, which will be broader and more varied the larger the business.
- Maintaining, monitoring and revising security protocol for the entire business
In addition to outlining security practices and consistently reviewing them to ensure the business is as close to industry good practice as possible, you will also need to manage staff training in security processes across the business.
- Vulnerability assessments and recommendations
You and your team will need to constantly assess the business for potential vulnerabilities and use the available data to make recommendations to your team or other members of the business on how to remain safe and compliant with security expectations.
- Disaster recovery planning and emergency team organisation
As the executive of the information security department, it will be your responsibility to ensure the proper plans are devised for a security issue and that a capable emergency response team is organised and well-equipped to defend the business or undertake disaster recovery.
- Budget planning and allocation
You will need to monitor the requirements of your team and ensure that the business sees a positive return on investment for spends in your department, making adjustments where necessary.
- Communication with other senior management and stakeholders
As part of the senior management team, you will need to report to other senior members of the business on the activities of your team, your objectives and how this relates to any other areas of the organisation.
What qualifications do I need to be a CISO?
Typically, employers will be expecting a degree in cyber security or a relevant field such as mathematics or computer science. However, those with the relevant work experience who are able to provide evidence of their ability are also likely to be considered.
A relevant Master’s in cyber security may also be beneficial when considering progressing to this role.
Professional qualifications to consider include:
- Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)
- Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
- GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
How much does a chief information security officer make?
The average UK salary of a chief information security officer, according to payscale.com, is £86,000. In the US, a CISO can be expected to make $158,000.
How do I become a chief information security officer?
This is a role which expects candidates to have at least 10 years’ experience in the field of cyber security. Candidates intending to reach this position may have started in jobs like security administrator or network administrator, moving onto roles as security engineers, analysts or specialists. From here, the candidate may have gained managerial experience as a security manager, architect or director before progressing to the role of CISO.
What is the difference between a CIO and a CISO?
A chief information officer (CIO) may differ from a chief information security officer (CISO) as the CIO typically focuses on business management, such as resource management and project development. On the other hand, the CISO is a relatively new role entirely focused on the security concerns of the business, brought in to identify and resolve issues of network and IT security.