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12/8/2014
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How To Become a CISO: Top Tips

A look at the best career advice for aspiring CISOs from people who've reached the top.
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Make Sure You Want The Job
The so-called 'top job' is not necessarily the best job. When something goes drastically wrong, it may be the CISO's job to carry the organization through a crisis... then get fired. The word 'scapegoat' might be right there in your job description.
And don't assume that, as CISO, you'll have the power to do things your way. Because despite the 'C' in your title, you may report to a CIO, CRO, or CFO who can overrule your expert opinion. Corporate politics and public relations are just as important to the job as what security technology you buy. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, then you might not be right for the job, and the job may not be right for you.

Image: 'Ladder to hell,' by mauro.puppett_photography

The so-called "top job" is not necessarily the best job. When something goes drastically wrong, it may be the CISO's job to carry the organization through a crisis... then get fired. The word "scapegoat" might be right there in your job description.

And don't assume that, as CISO, you'll have the power to do things your way. Because despite the "C" in your title, you may report to a CIO, CRO, or CFO who can overrule your expert opinion. Corporate politics and public relations are just as important to the job as what security technology you buy. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, then you might not be right for the job, and the job may not be right for you.

Image: "Ladder to hell," by mauro.puppett_photography

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1/2/2015 | 1:19:10 PM
Re: becoming a CISO
Yes indeed lqadishtu570, you got it. Multi-faceted / multi-dimensonal, which is what you do appear to be (not being facetious or snarky).

Many people just do not get it, they "have" to be or become broader in their outlooks in life AND at work.

Good comment.  Patrick
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12/12/2014 | 3:15:21 PM
becoming a CISO
I am a True CISO who needs to be able to do so, more so Publically. I have been doing so using Face Book Postings, as well as in many talks with people concerning many issues, both Politically, Religionwise, and things that Affect us all on an almost daily basis. I am an excellent public speaker. I can speak both diplomatically and socially. Down to Earth Communication reaches out to many, and that is what is needed to reach out to more than what many see as over educated belligerance.
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