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IDG Contributor Network: The journey to CISO

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Mar 25, 2016.

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    I ended up writing about cybersecurity after nearly 20 years of teaching high school English. Many who are in this field, particularly the leaders of the industry, did not arrive at their positions via one particular path.

    Cybersecurity firm Digital Guardian created an infographic outlining the anatomy of a CISO. They found these commonalities of the typical CISO of a Fortune 100 company:

    • Overwhelmingly male (89%)
    • 85% had at least a Bachelor's degree. Another 40% had a Master's degree, and a few had a PhD or JD as well.
    • The top three fields of study for these CISOs were business, information technology/information security, and computer science, in that order.
    • 80% of Fortune 100 CISOs have held their current position for less than five years
    • Fortune 100 security leaders hold an average of 2.86 certifications with more than half holding a CISSP certification and 22 of holding a CISM certification.

    Salo Fajer, CTO at Digital Guardian, talked about what these numbers mean for those who want to know where to begin.

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