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6 challenges of being a CISO - and which training courses will help?

By Samantha Allen 20 Dec 2019


What is a CISO?

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the person responsible for an organisation’s information and data security. As cyber security has become increasingly more important to businesses, there are many other roles that you’re likely to find, some of which are interchangeable with CISO, such as CSO and VP Security. 

What are the biggest challenges facing a CISO in 2020?

Security breaches are a business owner’s worst nightmare and each year it’s becoming more important to protect data against cyber threats. As we move into 2020 there are a number of challenges that a CISO will likely face. Here are the top 5 challenges facing a CISO and the training options available.

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Challenge 1: Cloud Security

As more and more of your organisation’s IT infrastructure moves to the Cloud, it becomes ever important to be on top of your cyber security 24/7. Security basics are an ongoing task and the CISO’s work is never done. You’re also likely to need to understand any on-site systems and legacy systems as well, so there’s more to consider than ever. It’s not getting any easier, but you can get better with the right training.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the EC-Council Certified Chief Information Officer training course. It’s available in-house or at a wide range of locations and delivered by an expert instructor.

Find out more HERE.

Challenge 2: Strategic Alignment

CISOs now need to be able to understand business strategy as well as the technical side of things. Building relationships with your executive colleagues will help you to understand key business objectives from their perspective as well as your own. Protecting against threats will be made much easier when you’re in alignment.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the Leading Successful Change training course. It’s also available in-house or at a wide range of locations and delivered by an expert instructor.

Find out more HERE.

Challenge 3: Regulations & Compliance

There are likely to be even more demands and extra challenges cropping up with compliance for international security and privacy regulations. Since the enforcement of GDPR there are already much greater regulations to follow here in the UK and Europe, and compliance standards are only going to become more important to follow.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the GDPR Certified Information Privacy Manager training course. It’s available in-house or at a wide range of locations and delivered by an expert instructor.

Find out more HERE.

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Challenge 4: Emerging Technologies

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are an extremely hot topic as we move into 2020. These emerging technologies are becoming more prominent and widely used, but with that comes even more data security fears. Embracing these technologies and using them to aid you will be extremely beneficial for you as a CISO.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the Understanding Machine Learning training course. It’s also available in-house or at a wide range of locations in the UK and Europe, and delivered by an expert instructor.

Find out more HERE.

Challenge 5: Expanding Responsibilities

As apps, systems and technology become more integrated, a CISO will have to consider and be able to handle third-party risks. CISOs should now be expanding their work to include security assessments of third parties as well as internal security risks.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the Open Source Cyber Intelligence Introduction training course. It’s also delivered by an expert instructor in-house or at a wide range of locations in the UK and Europe.

Find out more HERE.

Challenge 6: Larger attacks

One of the biggest concerns about is the scale of cyber attacks. It's worrying to think that it’s only a matter of time before we see a cyber attack that causes a large number of deaths. Using automation and orchestration can help counter that threat, as security teams can focus their efforts on the real threats rather than waste time chasing false alarms.

What’s the best training to face this challenge?

Take a look at the Advanced Web Hacking training course. It’s available in-house or at a wide range of locations and delivered by an expert instructor too.

Find out more HERE.

What next?

This is by no means a complete list - there are plenty of other challenges you may face and Go.Courses have hundreds of training courses available! All of our courses are delivered by expert instructors, and we even offer 1-1 training, so no request is too small.


Still unsure which is the right training course for you? Drop us a message and let’s chat.


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