Typically a senior executive within an organisation who’s responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. The CISO directs staff in identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining processes across the enterprise to reduce information and technological risks. They respond to incidents, establish appropriate standards and controls and pay specific attention to the people, processes and technology.
There is an argument that every company should have a CISO but in the real world, this is not always practical. Depending on the size of your business, the cost vs workload factor is simply weighted in one direction meaning a CISO is simply not feasible. One Compliance can bridge that gap by providing a CISO as a service which can be used a little or as often as required. This service primarily reduces the cost, risk and effort for any business.
Whilst the core fundamental Services of a CISO will remain constant, fluidity is a must. This service provides tasks that are typically conducted by a CISO, however this is not an exhaustive list:
Assistance with implementing a strategy for the deployment of information security technologies
Performing IT security risk assessments and reporting on ways to minimise threats
Monitoring security vulnerabilities and hacking threats in network and host systems
Tracking latest IT security innovations and keeping abreast of latest cyber security technologies
Ensuring business continuity
Communicating with key stakeholders about IT security threats
Implementing an effective process for the reporting of security incidents
Overseeing the investigation of reported security breaches
Developing strategies to handle security incidents and trigger investigations
Managing the IT security team, security experts and advisors
Complying with the latest regulations and compliance requirements
Championing and educating the organisation about the latest security strategies and technologies