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There is a BISO evolution in the industry. As the CISO role shifts from significantly technical to more strategic, the BISO role drives a more dynamic and broader business
focus for security, especially in large, diverse multi-business unit organizations.
Vast amounts of new technology, remote work and cloud deployment, along with heightened consequences of cybersecurity breaches, as well as growing compliance requirements create a challenging environment. Some of the most important business security risks
are tied to revenue streams and productivity critical to business survival.
BISOs or Business Information Security Officers can help promote security into business processes, protect critical data assets and prevent employee errors, helping to make cybersecurity a part of every business decision.
This piece explains what a BISO is and how to know if your organization needs one. Learn how the BISO role adds value to your organization to improve security, business and risk outcomes.
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CISOs can’t just focus on tech anymore. They must explain in business terms why the investments they’re making on the security side are needed. Security needs to move beyond just managing risk and strive to have the business act with information
security in mind, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do for the business.
BISOs work closely with the CISO and central information security team, but they have very different roles within an organization. The BISO acts as the CISO's tactical and operations-level connection to the business units, bridging the gap between security
and business interests to oversee strategy implementation at the business level.
Because the BISO function is still relatively new, many organizations don’t understand how to make it work and may not feel the role is necessary.
Should your organization hire a BISO? Some initial questions to consider asking include:
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Highly effective BISOs make sure security works smoothly in all parts of a business, enabling a secure experience for leadership, employees and ultimately customers. They openly support and enforce the strong security culture set forth by the CISO. They
act as a trusted advisor to the business teams and executive leadership, even during tumultuous times. A successful BISO must have high visibility across the business and security, building strong relationships while ensuring relevance, driving
collaboration and enhancing program maturity.
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