How To Become a CISO: Top Tips

A look at the best career advice for aspiring CISOs from people who've reached the top.
The so-called "top job" is not necessarily the best job. When something goes drastically wrong, it may be the CISO's job to c
All five of the CISOs interviewed for this series said the same thing: They didn't plan on having a career in information sec
You don't need to start with a computer science degree, but -- unlike CIOs, who may come into the job without any experience
Communication is key to success, whether it's asking the right questions, listening carefully to the answers, or keeping your
"Security doesn't seem to [invest as much] in training as other parts of IT," said Aske. "You really have to invest in yourse
Sometimes the key is just being in the right place at the right time. Security is still a relatively young and quickly growin
When you need to find those trends, develop the right skills, and identify those personal weaknesses of yours that need fixin
Most CISOs are hired from outside the organization, said Aiello. So if you're waiting for a promotion from within your compan
You cannot escape this basic truth: "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

Over the past seven weeks, we've examined how to reach that lofty position of chief information security officer (CISO). We got a peek into what employers are looking for in a CISO from Mark Aiello,  president of the Boston cyber security staffing firm Cyber360 Solutions. We heard the professional origin stories of five CISOs: Jonathan Trull of Qualys, Quinn Shamblin of Boston University, Jennings Aske of Nuance Communications, Mark Potter of Danya International, and Janet Levesque of RSA.

We'll continue the conversation on the message boards here and on the next episode of Dark Reading Radio, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PST). You'll have the opportunity to chat with some of our CISOs and pick the brain of Lee Kushner, president of LJ Kushner & Associates, who's been helping information security professionals get hired for years.

Until then, here are some of the key lessons we've learned so far.

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