CISO Perspectives: Who’s your Boss?

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If you ask a CISO this question, you’re likely to get a consistent answer – probably the CEO, COO, or Board of Directors. The reality, however, is quite different. In fact, a CISO’s position on an org chart varies widely. Ultimately, who a CISO reports to says a lot about an organization. If a CISO’s manager takes a holistic view of the organization and fundamentally understands the CISO’s role, namely risk mitigation, the CISO will be optimally positioned. Otherwise, if the CISO role is viewed as a largely technical one, it’s likely the CISO will struggle to be heard and respected.

I recently moderated a panel in Dallas, TX, and asked CISOs about their perspectives on the CISO role, including challenges and opportunities. In this video, panelists share their views on reporting structures and how they impact a CISO’s ability to get his or her job done.

CISO Perspectives is a blog series featuring conversations with chief information security officers from different industries. Each blog features a unique perspective on a variety of topics pertinent to the CISO profession and career. Visit our CISO Perspectives page for more blogs and videos.


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