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12/22/2017
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If CISOs could make a wish to solve a problem, these would be among the top choices.
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Make It Through Another Year Without Being Sacrificial Lamb

2017 has seen its share of high-profile CISO/CSO exits due to breaches, including the dramatic firing of Uber's CSO and the "retirement" of the Equifax CSO. The fact is that one of the unspoken job requirements of the CISO position is standing as the on-call sacrificial lamb in the event of a major security incident--an eventuality for a major organization in many experts' eyes.

Its about the only executive-level job I can think of where you are 100 percent accountable for the failures to come even though its a guarantee that (they) will happen at some point, Chase Cunningham of Forrester explained to McClatchy News Service after the Equifax resignation.

This one isn't necessarily completely out of CISO's hands, of course. Not only should these executives be leading well to mitigate risks and limit the potential blast radius of events when they do happen through best practices, but they also need to document when their requests for security practices are turned down for other business exigencies. In many cases it still may not save their job, but it does provide at least some minimal CYA coverage.

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12/27/2017 | 11:43:39 AM
The big chair
That's why the big "top security person" chair is so precarious.  "Career Is Soon Over" (CISO), as they say.  It's true.  It is always the hot seat when you are accountable to control and protect against the unknown with limited resources and finite labor.  One unpatched system, one rouge insider and you're toast.

Oh and I disliked the 6-page slideshow format.  I realize that it gets the host exponential opportunities to display ads and content but the consumer experience is annoying. 
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