• Create and implement policies and procedures to protect sensitive information.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and assess security risks to the organisation’s information assets.
  • Develop and implement strategies to mitigate these risks.
  • Educate employees about security policies and best practices.
  • Conduct regular training sessions to keep staff informed about new threats and security measures.
  • Develop and manage incident response plans to handle security breaches.
  • Coordinate with IT and other departments to respond to and recover from security incidents.
  • Monitor the organisation’s networks and systems for security breaches.
  • Analyse security logs and reports to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Work with other executives and stakeholders to ensure security measures align with business objectives.
  • Communicate security issues and recommendations to senior management and the board of directors.
  • Stay updated with the latest security trends, technologies, and regulatory requirements.
  • Continuously improve the organization’s security posture through research and adopting new solutions.
  • Strong understanding of IT infrastructure, network security, and cybersecurity principles.
  • Familiarity with various security frameworks and standards such as ISO 27001, NIST, and CIS.
  • Ability to analyse complex information and identify key security risks.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to address and mitigate security threats.
  • Experience in managing a security team and coordinating with other departments.
  • Strong leadership skills to drive the security strategy and culture within the organisation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively convey security information to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to present complex security concepts in a clear and concise manner.
  • Relevant certifications such as CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), or CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) are often preferred or required.
  • Typically, an ISO holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree in information technology, computer science, cybersecurity, or a related field.
  • Many ISOs start in IT roles such as network administrators, security analysts, or IT auditors.
  • With experience and additional certifications, they move into more senior security roles, eventually advancing to the position of Information Security Officer or CISO.
  • Cyber threats are constantly changing, requiring ISOs to stay informed and adaptable.
  • Ensuring the organisation complies with various national and international regulations can be complex and demanding.
  • Balancing budget constraints with the need for robust security measures is a common challenge.
  • Adopting new technologies like cloud computing, IoT, and AI introduces new security considerations that must be managed effectively.