The CISO (chief information security officer) is a senior-level executive responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives, ensuring that information assets and technologies are adequately protected.
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The CISO's responsibilities have shifted from over the years from general security to identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security-related processes that reduce the organization's operational risks. Duties and responsibilities may include:
- Establishing and implementing security-related policies.
- Overseeing regulatory compliance.
- Ensuring data privacy.
- Managing the company's Computer Security Incident Response Team.
- Supervising identity and access management.
- Establishing and overseeing the organization's security architecture.
- Conducting electronic discovery and digital forensic investigations.
- Working with other high-level executives to establish disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity plans.
Related executive-level job titles include chief security officer (CSO), chief security architect (CSA) and information security manager (ISM).