Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

About the job:

What you do

As a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), you are the head of IT security, driving the IT security strategy and implementation forward whilst protecting the business from security threats and cyber-hacking. 

The tough stuff

Some of the challenges of becoming a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), include:

  • This level of seniority usually demands around a decade of proven IT security experience
  • Protecting the intellectual property of the organisation at all times
The cool stuff

Some of the rewards of becoming a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), include:

  • It is a well-paying job
  • It helps you adapt to a fast-moving IT landscape 
  • It helps you keep pace with latest thinking and new security technologies


Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week
  • You are expected to work extended hours to match the peaks and troughs of project flows, typically when a new system is implemented, to ensure business continuity.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
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Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • A Bachelor's degree is a minimum with many organisations selecting candidates with a computer science degree or a qualification in a related subject.
  • A Master's degree in business administration is highly desirable.
  • Here are some possible next steps after fullfilling this role:

    • Chief operating officer: This is often considered a viable option for those interested in getting into the business process and operation side of things
    • A seat on the advisory board is a natural step for some
    • Starting your own business: For those with an entrepreneurial flair, starting afresh with your own business is a possible option
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