CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success

Todd Fitzgerald, Micki Krause

Auerbach Publications
Published December 22, 2007
Reference - 312 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849379437 - CAT# AU7943
Series: (ISC)2 Press

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  • Describes practical, applicable, real-world managerial skills needed by aspiring senior security executives
  • Provides the tools for identifying your strengths and weaknesses and honing your leadership style
  • Covers practical steps for evaluating an organization’s culture in order to successfully implement a security program that will fit the culture
  • Delineates exactly what companies look for when hiring a security professional
  • Includes real-world examples of how to treat the security program as a business and how to communicate in terms that resonate with the business
  • Defines the traits, skills, and competencies required to be a successful security manager
  • Summary

    Caught in the crosshairs of “Leadership” and “Information Technology”, Information Security professionals are increasingly tapped to operate as business executives. This often puts them on a career path they did not expect, in a field not yet clearly defined. IT training does not usually includemanagerial skills such as leadership, team-building, communication, risk assessment, and corporate business savvy, needed by CISOs. Yet a lack in any of these areas can short circuit a career in information security.

    CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success captures years of hard knocks, success stories, and yes, failures. This is not a how-to book or a collection of technical data. It does not cover products or technology or provide a recapitulation of the common body of knowledge. The book delineates information needed by security leaders and includes from-the-trenches advice on how to have a successful career in the field.

    With a stellar panel of contributors including William H. Murray, Harry Demaio, James Christiansen, Randy Sanovic, Mike Corby, Howard Schmidt, and other thought leaders, the book brings together the collective experience of trail blazers. The authors have learned through experience—been there, done that, have the t-shirt—and yes, the scars. A glance through the contents demonstrates the breadth and depth of coverage, not only in topics included but also in expertise provided by the chapter authors. They are the pioneers, who, while initially making it up as they went along, now provide the next generation of information security professionals with a guide to success.