CISO: The Definition of Security Leadership
Since the announcement of the Equifax breach and the reporting that their CISO's educational background was in music, there's been quite a bit of discussion around what makes someone qualified to be a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). As the CTO providing leadership to the CISO at Ping, I wanted to share our perspective on the qualities and ingredients of an excellent security leader and considering October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, this seems like the right time to do it.
There's no right answer for this. Great security leaders come from both highly technical and non-technical educational backgrounds, and sometimes they don't even have a post-secondary educational background. The critical step for any company is to identify where their greatest needs lie and hire the right leader for them, then surround that leader with those who will make her/him effective.
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