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The untrammelled rise of the cyber security professional

The untrammelled rise of the cyber security professional

Every week, University of Waikato’s Dr Ryan Ko gets a request from companies for skilled personnel or students in his department who would like to try for a job or do internships.

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A strategic role for the ‘guardians of information’

For Steve Wilson, vice president and principal analyst of Constellation Research, digitalisation presents the chief information security officer (CISO) – “the guardians of information” – to shift from a purely defensive position to one utilising organisational data as a competitive asset

Their training and skills can allow CISOs to play a more strategic executive role, writes Wilson in the report From Information Security to Digital Competitiveness.

The modern CISO should take charge of a broader version of the standard Information Asset Strategy, he advises.

What is it about your corporate information that gives you competitive advantage? And what exactly makes it valuable?

Steve Wilson, Constellation Research

“The core strategic questions are these: What is it about your corporate information that gives you competitive advantage? And what exactly makes it valuable? The CISOs can take the lead in finding the answers and maintaining the information assets, along the way engaging executive peers in the analysis, and thereby assuming greater influence in the c-suite.”

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