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July 2006

9 Habits of Highly Successful CISOs

Head to toe, what traits would you build into the perfect CISO? Here's our top picks. @exb So, who is the perfect CISO? The case could be made for Jack Jones, former CISO of Nationwide Insurance, who was awarded the Excellence in the Field of Security Practices trophy at the RSA Conference 2006 in February. Jones led nearly 100 infosecurity professionals through various aspects of risk management while at the Fortune 100 company, and succeeded in creating a security policy modeled after ISO 17799. Jones has been able to bring his strengths to his new role. "Actually, one of the reasons I chose to move on was so that I could apply the lessons I'd learned and the skills I developed at Nationwide to a new environment." Jones stays humble about his excellence award and the accolades that come with it. But, who does he feel is the perfect CISO? "Not me. That person would need to be a superlative communicator--in all media, with all audiences at all levels inside and outside their organization." Wise words from a true infosecurity ...

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