Since everything is now digital, information security has now become among the top priorities of most businesses. As critical business information and assets are now being processed digitally, the corresponding security has to keep up and be monitored. Apart from having the best technologies to protect your business, having dedicated personnel responsible for monitoring, updating, implementing, and managing information security-related stuff is highly advisable. This is where the CISO or Chief Information Security Officer comes in.

The CISO is your point person on all information security concerns for your business. The CISO should be someone who knows what he’s doing. Preferably, you would want a security expert to be your CISO. Some security firms include CISO services to their clients. This is a much efficient option for those who can’t afford to hire a full-time CISO.

The CISO’s tasks include the following:

Assessment and Planning

In order to properly lay security protocols for a firm, the CISO should know how to assess the firm’s security needs. Identifying the firm’s security strengths and weaknesses is part of what the CISO should do. After careful assessment, detailed planning will follow. The CISO will lay down solutions and how to implement them by setting up goals and getting the whole firm together to tighten security.

Monitoring and Measurement

The CISO should monitor the firm’s current security status. Are the employed technologies and personnel effective? Are we hitting our targets? The CISO should come up with tools to measure and monitor the effectiveness of existing security standards and protocols. At the same time, the CISO should monitor if the firm complies with required standards.

Implementation and Training

The CISO is also responsible for implementing security protocols and training assigned staff. This is a crucial task for the CISO as this will get the security plan going.

Updating and Upgrading

As technology evolves, the threats also do the same. This requires existing security standards to continue to evolve as well. The CISO is tasked with making sure that the firm is getting the latest security it needs. Upon seeing that the current security system is outdated, the CISO should make plans to upgrade the entire system.

Compliance

The government and other concerned agencies require firms to comply with their set minimum security standards. The CISO is also tasked with making sure that the firm is compliant with every needed standard.

Risk Management

Business involves risks. The CISO is also tasked with identifying the risks to which the firm is exposed to. Since certain risks can’t be avoided, the CISO should leverage everything he has to manage these risks and prevent potential damage.

Reporting and Accountability

The CISO is also responsible for reporting all security-related matters to the firm’s stockholders and interest owners. As the owner’s it is important that they know their firm’s security standards and potential risks. Security is part of every crucial business decision. The CISO can be an integral part of the firm’s decision-making.

The CISO’s job can be heavy but it is very important. The CISO will give the business owner’s the time and space they need to run the business while not stressing themselves with their security needs.