The CISO of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

By Marcos Colon

As technology evolves, so do roles in the enterprise. But none has seen as much change as the security leader. Advancements in technology present new opportunities for businesses, but at the same time an almost equal level of risk that must be managed.

From the influence that the Internet of Things has had to cloud migration, the modern-day enterprise requires a Swiss Army knife when it comes to the individual that’s in charge of measurably reducing risk.

“The evolution of security itself has been quite dramatic the past 15 to 20 years,” SAP CSO Justin Somaini told InfoSec Insider during a video interview shot at the RSA Conference. “[The role has evolved] from that one guy who ran the firewall, to what we see it as today in how we do international takedowns of attacks, heavy law enforcement in various countries around the globe, how do we drive in a regulatory and compliance framework to service those countries, and more importantly, how we deal with the very advanced persistent threats and attacks that we see on the individuals themselves.”

In the full video interview below, Somaini discusses how the role of the CISO has evolved into what is it today, and what up and coming security leaders should prepare for once they take charge of a security program at a major organization.


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