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Chief Security Officer are responsible for setting the procedures, guidelines and direction for information security policies that are meant to protect organizational assets from internal as well as external threats.
Devise policies and procedures regarding areas such as business continuity planning, loss prevention and fraud prevention, and privacy.
Oversee and coordinate security efforts across the company, including information technology, human resources, communications, legal, facilities management and other groups.
Identify security initiatives and standards.
Oversee safeguarding of intellectual property and computer systems.
Develop procedures to ensure physical safety of employees and visitors.
Manage the development and implementation of global security policy, standards, guidelines and procedures.
Ensure security is maintained and updated.
Create workplace violence awareness and prevention programs.
Implement video surveillance.
Prioritize security initiatives.
Develop network access and monitoring policies.
Maintain relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement and other related government agencies.
Develop emergency procedures and incident responses.
Investigate security breaches.
Implement disciplinary procedures.
Conduct audits to find holes in security platform.
Develop risk management assessmen
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Effective chief security officers will be intelligent and driven, with solid interpersonal skills, a strong foundation of business knowledge and a combination of in-demand expertise, including:
Strong written and verbal communication ability
The ability to collaborate and build consensus across departments and among stakeholders
Experience with a wide range of relevant systems, and security monitoring and detection tools
Extensive ability to plan, design, develop, test, implement and monitor IT security systems
Strong leadership, negotiation and persuasion ability
Maintaining a high level of expertise is vital for success and advancement. Continuing education may lead to CSO positions in larger or more prestigious firms.
BSC, HND, MSC, PhD in any course