Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

CISOs oversee strategic, operational and budgetary aspects of information assets and technology protection and resilience.

Role overview

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) develops information security policies and procedures for a business or organization. They manage teams of security analysts, information security specialists, and fellow executives to identify and manage security threats for the business. CISOs work in organizations across all sectors, carefully monitoring for security vulnerabilities and allocating resources to increase efficacy and efficiency.

Chief Information Security Officer Job Titles
may also be referred to as:
Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
Chief Information Security Officer
Chief of Security Operations
Chief of Staff Information Security
Chief Risk Officer
Corporate Information Security Officer
Deputy CISO
Deputy Information Security Officer
Information Security Compliance Officer
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Vice President Information Security Officer

Career Path

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Average Salary

Based upon experience, salary for this role ranges from:
National Average
* based upon those with two plus years of cybersecurity experience


Managing their organization’s overall security practices and needs.
Identifying weaknesses within existing security solutions and developing policies and practices to remedy them.
Introducing new technology to the business, overseeing education programs, and providing security guidance to personnel.
Preparing budgets for security operations and maintenance.
Carrying out risk assessments and audits to ensure regulatory compliance.
Building a strong security team to carry out their strategic plans.

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Tools & Environment

CISOs need education and experience in cybersecurity, computer software and hardware, and the applicable regulations and compliance requirements. CISOs are also expected to understand security technology such as DNS, routing, authentication, ethical hacking, VPNs and firewall intrusion protocols.


Category Organization Certification
Management (ISC)2 CISSP
Management (ISC)2 CISSP-ISSMP
Management ASIS CPP
Management ASIS APP
Management EC-Council E|ISM
Management EC-Council CCISO
Management GAQM CISSM
Management GIAC GSLC
Management GIAC GSTRT
Management ISACA CISM

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