Chief Security Officer

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1. The Chief Security Officer or CSO is responsible for the organization’s security management (physical and cyber).

Notes (1): CSO ensures that the security management program within the organization is developed and constantly updated to remain relevant.

Notes (2): Due to the competency of the CSO who specialised in physical security, the responsibility for cyber security is separated and assigned to the Chief Information Security Officer.

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. A CSO is the executive whose ultimate role is to ensure that an organization's security function adds value and gives it a competitive advantage. A major part of a CSO's role within an organization is to help forge strong and secure connections between departments. CSOs are responsible for enhancing and improving physical security and, increasingly, IT security. They must identify organizational protection goals and objectives, ensuring they're consistent with their organizations' strategic plans. Part of a CSO's job is to work with other executives to decide on the priority of security needs and then spend according to an organization's financial constraints and directives.
Source: (Guerra, 2017)

3. A chief security officer (CSO) oversees all aspects of risk management, security policies, and IT infrastructure. As a CSO, you’ll be responsible for protecting all components of an internal network including software and hardware. You’ll work with your team to create security policies that keep customer and employee information from unauthorized access.
Source: (INFOSEC Institute, 2017)