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How To Become A CISO, Part 1
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User Rank: Ninja
10/24/2014 | 4:31:21 PM
Re: extremely excited
@ekwisca, Why is it "the end goal"... may I also recommend getting your CISA. In my opinion, the second most helpful trait of a successful security professional after a very good technical foundation is understanding IT audit, its language, the people who conduct them and navigating and using the audit report to you advantage. What you'll find, especially in smaller organizations is that you, the security pro will most likely be standing between management, admin\tech and auditors, juggling everyones needs and requirements against your own. And that is where the third most useful trait comes in... effective communication skills.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/24/2014 | 5:21:08 PM
Re: extremely excited
@ODA155, I completely understand. Thank you for the advice. I am currently studying for my CISA to add it to my credentials. There's no end point to me studying. I continuously try to plug myself into different things in my profession for the exposure and experience. I'm looking to do all I can to have a wholly understanding of information security. Just for the benefit of being able to talk the talk of security to a wide range of business professionals. Becoming a C level executive is end my goal, me learning is a forever journey. Thanks again for the advice. Another thing to think about to help me through these tough studying times. Good thing I live in Chicago and it's almost winter. The temperature here is bound to keep me in the house with nothing to do but study.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/29/2015 | 5:33:47 PM
Re: How to Become a CISO
The article also speaks to needing to beg, borrow, and steal resources when taking on the role of CISO.  I propose in many instances this constraint is largely self imposed as a direct result of not appropriately managing expectations and building the required trusting relationships at the beginning.   Furthermore, do we really want to position the CISO as a professional scapegoat?  Or does it make more sense to position the CISO as someone with the professional integrity and intestinal fortitude needed to hold their ground while leveraging soft skills for effectively building and managing a balanced security program?
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