Are CISO Skills Different from Techie Security Skills?

You have been a techie and developed great security skills. Now you want to move into management as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)—should you? Will you be happy there? How will your life change? Is this a good move? How will you get there?

This session, featuring information security expert Todd Fitzgerald, co-author of CISO Leadership: Essential Principals for Success, will examine what this career choice really means, exploring the skills necessary for a CISO to develop a successful program.

  • We explore the differences between operating as a technical staff contributor vs. the functions and challenges that a manager faces.
  • We discuss the competencies required that can guide your decision about this career choice.
  • Our expert comes from the perspective of having held global CISO/security leadership roles across multiple organizations, after starting out as a techie computer programmer and then a database administrator (DBA)—he's seen it all.

The skills factor is one of the "7-S Framework Applied to Cybersecurity Leadership" factors: Strategy, structure, systems, staff, skills, style, and shared values, as detailed in the book CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers.

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