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Security Awareness Training Is a Team Effort

A security awareness program is a critical part of any security strategy. It is not enough to simply hold everyone in the organization accountable. Chief information security officers (CISOs) must first train employees to practice proactive, conscientious security behaviors by convincing them that security affects them directly, not just the business. Buildi
Publish At:2017-10-31 05:50 | Read:4072 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Cybersecurity

It Takes All Kinds: Identifying New Sources of Cybersecurity Talent

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) highlights important security issues to help governments, businesses and individuals improve their online hygiene. One critical area to consider is the growing shortage of qualified security professionals, which is projected to reach 6 million unfilled positions across the globe by 2019. There are plenty of opp
Publish At:2017-10-27 14:00 | Read:3975 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Cybersecurity Jobs Cybersecurity Training Education Pro

Unexpectedly Useful Skills for Careers in Cybersecurity

Of all the weird quirks I had as a kid, I never expected that my fascination with untying knots in the yarn from the arts and crafts box in fourth grade would benefit me in my job today. I recently did an interview for Business Radio X about one of IBM Security’s initiatives to raise awareness about careers in cybersecurity among middle school girls. T
Publish At:2017-10-26 19:35 | Read:8918 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Academia Career Education IBM Security Professional Dev

Your Security Awareness Program Stinks. Here’s Something You Can Do About It

If you ask a group of technology and business professionals to rank the most important parts of their security program, awareness and training will undoubtedly land in the top three. After all, many breaches start with users and, on the flip side, can be prevented by users. It’s all about setting expectations. Unfortunately, many such attempts fall fla
Publish At:2017-10-22 05:00 | Read:3536 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Cybersecurity

National IT Professionals Day: Recognizing the Saintly Patience of IT Workers

Sept. 19 is National IT Professionals Day, which got off the ground two years ago as a way to recognize and celebrate all the work, worry and downright wacky things that happen to IT professionals. For chief information security officers (CISOs), the event offers a chance to step back, take a hard look at teams and give credit where credit is due. With the i
Publish At:2017-09-19 12:00 | Read:4951 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO C-Suite Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Profe

Aiming for a Security Career? Consider a Liberal Arts Degree

“In the shifting landscape of higher education today, critical questions continue to be raised about the value of a liberal arts education. There is a constant drumbeat claiming that STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — are far more valuable in today’s digital economy and culture than a traditional liberal arts major such a
Publish At:2017-09-07 15:10 | Read:4029 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Academia Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Jobs Education Pro

The Security Leader’s Expanding Role: Seven Priorities to Drive CISO Success

The job of the chief information security officer (CISO) has changed from that of a security services manager to one that has responsibility across the entire enterprise. It has become a leadership position that requires organized thinking and detail-oriented concentration on a consistent basis. Given the rapid expansion and increasing sophistication of thre
Publish At:2017-09-05 09:35 | Read:2923 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Data Privacy

Beyond IT: Finding a Mentor to Help Guide Your Cybersecurity Career

As an independent information security consultant, I am often asked what it takes to forge a positive cybersecurity career path and stand out in the field. I tell people that working for yourself is not for everyone. An independent security professional must constantly seek out new business, unsure where that next bit of income is going to come from. It̵
Publish At:2017-08-31 15:15 | Read:3728 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Career Cybersecurity Jobs Professional Development Secu

It’s Wise to Specialize: Choosing the Right Path for Your Cybersecurity Career

Open information security jobs are everywhere. For businesses small and large, and across all industries, the need for qualified cybersecurity professionals is widespread. Compensation for the skills required to help run an information security program makes this field one of the most lucrative out there. It’s unwise to kick off your cybersecurity ca
Publish At:2017-08-25 11:15 | Read:5288 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Cybersecurity

The Five Most Critical Tasks in the CISO Job Description

Job descriptions are important in defining the responsibilities of a role, but the real job often gets lost in the details. Organizations must ensure that their employees — especially chief information security officers (CISOs) — are completing the tasks they were hired to perform. Otherwise, they run the risk of critical processes breaking down and data bei
Publish At:2017-08-23 22:25 | Read:5430 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Executives Pr

It’s Up to Employers to Close the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

The cybersecurity skills gap is not unlike the periodic dips in programming talent that occur as technology changes. The difference is that while a lack of programmers can delay program launches, empty seats in the cybersecurity domain can do immediate and lasting damage to your company and customers. The dearth of cybersecurity professionals is a current fa
Publish At:2017-08-17 19:01 | Read:2282 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Professional

From the Battlefield to the Security Operations Center: A New Collar Approach to the Skills Gap

Everyone in the industry knows that there is a huge demand for cybersecurity professionals and a worrying shortage of talent. In fact, Frost and Sullivan estimated that we will face 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2022. So how do we solve this problem — and fast? A recent executive report from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) sugges
Publish At:2017-08-08 16:20 | Read:4723 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Government Cybersecurity Jobs Cybersecurity Training Pr

Psychological Security: Helping Your Team Think Like Cybercriminals

Chance favors the prepared mind. That’s what famous chemist Louis Pasteur once said, but it’s also an important principle that applies to psychological security. Remember back in middle school when name-calling was a way we expressed our emotions? You’ll likely recall the common response: “It takes one to know one!” It Takes a
Publish At:2017-07-27 00:40 | Read:3782 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO Fraud Protection Cybercrime Cybercriminals Penetration

Getting the Most Out of Black Hat

It’s the time of year when security professionals of all stripes gather in the Las Vegas desert to attend the Black Hat, DEF CON and BSides conferences. If you’ve never been before, the anticipation is building, and next week will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. If this is your 10th or 12th trip, then you’re probably thinkin
Publish At:2017-07-21 15:25 | Read:4394 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data Protection Black Hat Black Hat USA Education Profession

Succession Planning: The Importance of a Deputy CISO

Given today’s unrelenting threat landscape, the chief information security officer (CISO) and his or her deputy CISO have arguably the toughest jobs on the organizational chart. Although it is a well-paid, respectable role, the CISO must be available to many different departments and remain savvy in all areas of cybersecurity due to the current IT ski
Publish At:2017-07-07 01:30 | Read:4389 | Comments:0 | Tags:CISO C-Suite Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Profe

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