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Making connections inside and outside the enterprise helps foster a healthy security
organization and career.
He was right: The ability to build and leverage strong relationships is indeed a key element in the success of today's information security executives. To build a successful program, CISOs must align themselves with many departments within the organization, including internal audit, legal, HR and, sometimes the most difficult, their own IT department. If any of the leaders in these groups don't recognize and appreciate the role of the CISO, the CISO's effectiveness will be significantly weakened, because an opposing senior executive may create roadblocks or delay progress.
Conversely, the ability to build relationships with others within one's organization creates opportunities to advance security initiatives.
This was first published in October 2008