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A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a CISO

Published: 02 February 2017

ID: G00303911

Analyst(s): Patrick Hevesi


Becoming a chief information security officer requires a wide variety of skills and experience in many different roles and job levels. This document will help technical professionals determine if they want to become CISOs and provide guidance on that career path.

Table Of Contents


  • A Day in the Life of a CISO
  • The Role and Skills of a CISO
  • Training and Certifications
  • Technical Versus Business CISO
  • Business Knowledge and Enablement
  • Risk Management
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Operational Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Effective Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Political Influence
  • Become a "Business Enabler" Security Professional
  • Build Strong Business Knowledge and Relationships
  • Use Industry Certifications to Help Your Technical Career Path
  • Build Your Social Network With Business and Executive Staff


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