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CISO (chief information security officer)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: An IT security strategy guide for CIOs
Contributor(s): Emily McLaughlin

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.

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:

Related executive-level job titles include chief security officer (CSO), chief security architect (CSA) and information security manager (ISM).

This was last updated in December 2013

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When it comes to executive titles and duties, they should have one. Having multiple duties and responsibilities takes away from them doing it properly. Don't combine this with a CFO or CEO. IT can complicate things.
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