RSA Session Preview – “The CISO of the Future”
February 4, 2011
To many, the position of Chief Information Security Officer represents the pinnacle of our profession. Achieving this title and this level of responsibility is the ultimate career destination for many security professionals. In fact, when Infosecleaders conducted our survey of close to 1000 information security professionals, 37% responded that this was their ultimate career goal. When any goal is viewed as this popular, it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve.
But what does it take to get there?
Many information security professionals believe that they have acquired the skills and experiences necessary to achieve this position, but few truly understand the skill matrix that companies search for in recruiting and locating this level of information security leader. It may be shocking to learn, that many security professionals who believe they are qualified for these CISO roles, cannot even land an interview for consideration. After this presentation, they will learn these answers.
The presentation at the RSA Conference is designed to give the attendees a view into the skill requirements for this role – not only for today, but in the future. During the presentation, I will go over the key components of the CISO’s Skill Matrix and introduce to the audience strategies to build their own skills and enhance their changes of achieving this milestone. Together, I will guide the audience through the creation of an actual job description for the CISO of the future. Upon leaving the presentation, attendees should have a better understanding of what it actually takes to compete at this level of the information security food chain.
The session will be followed by a panel of leading CISO’s – John Kirkwood, Royal Ahold, Patrick Heim, Kaiser Permanente, and Stephen Scharf, Experian – who will reflect on their own skill matrix, challenges and strategies for professional development reaching their own levels of professional success.