The Challenge: Executives and Boards of Directors are increasingly anxious about breach and compliance risks. They understand they may be held accountable for any failure of the organization to control security risks and respond effectively to any incidents. CISOs (or top security managers with other job titles) need to work “up the chain” to recommend, improve and help implement the right governance structures for security, risks and compliance. CISOs must work “across the matrix” to coordinate security operations and objectives with peer executives or business unit leaders. Finally, CISOs must “manage down” effectively to get good results from their direct policy and/or security operations reports.
Even when CISOs have or inherit a mature security environment and possess the staff, experience and tools needed to be successful managing up, down and across simultaneously, there’s no end to the need for continuous improvement, planning, verification and course corrections. Often CISOs require an objective, external view – a fresh set of experienced eyes – on their overall security program and strategic approach.
Our Solution: Security Architects Partners experts, some of whom have worked as CISOs and/or advised CISOs are no strangers to the challenges CISOs face in modern organizations. Through our standard security assessments, we provide an unbiased review; through our architecture improvement programs we provide an extension of staff to help increase the maturity of security programs or security architecture, allocate resources in the right ways and places, and get security-related processes and infrastructure operating more effectively. We can also help CISOs craft the right message, calibrate the metrics and craft the content in reports, presentations and other communications with both business and technical audiences.
Security Architects Partners’ experienced consultants have supported CISOs for many large organizations. Some have assumed interim CISO roles in previous positions. Our security governance reviews and risk management program reviews are key service catalog components we can tie in with CISO support services.
Benefits: An effective CISO office and position is key to driving an effective security program and to show an organization’s commitment to security. An effective security program helps manage or reduce risks, promotes regulatory compliance and enables IT and the business to prosper.