Born of Necessity: The CISO Evolution–Bringing the Technical and the Policy Together

This brief examines the role of the state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as it has evolved in response to the growing complexities of the IT threat environment, homeland security concerns, and the increasing demands for enhanced citizen services. Specific points this brief addresses include critical success factors for state CISOs, the importance of a CISO’s relationship-building across the state and among levels of government, and a few predictions on the future evolution of the state CISO.