Evolving role of CSO

Nov 13, 2017 | 2509 Views

There was a time when the core competencies of a Chief Security Officer (CSO) were to secure the premises, restrict access, guard the vicinity and camera surveillance. However, that is a thing of the past; the tables have turned drastically with an array of additional responsibilities added to the role. With new threats to your organization emerging every day, a Chief Security Officer is expected to do a lot more, such as, monitoring remote areas, keeping track of visitor cars in the parking lot, analysis of video footage for potential threats and so on. The new Security and Exchange Commission rules that govern all the business enterprises are also the CSO’s burden to bear.

Today the CSO has to regulate multiple avenues to ensure the security of an organization. Some of these avenues are Information Security and Tracking evidence. 

Information security

It is important to make sure the security systems guarding the servers are always on, even in the case of power failure. Any access to these havens of confidential information is tracked and logged. Only people who possess a high-level clearance should get access to copy or modify the data.

Tracking evidence

In case a security breach takes place, safeguarding the data, immediate lockdown, informing the authorities are some of the immediate steps that the security system should initiate automatically. Also, keeping a record of the source of the intrusion and backtracking it to the culprit, with a viable proof can be very beneficial in fixing any loopholes in the current security measures available and punishing the thief.

The three cornerstones of an effective security system are people, process and technology. Once these three areas are under control, the major threats to an organization are mitigated. Solus Security Solutions can help CSOs prioritize these key areas and have tactical actions in place thereby giving them better control over the security infrastructure of their organization.

People

All employees in the organization must take certain precautions to prevent any external threats; however, they should also be aware of the immediate actions one needs to take provided a security breach has already occurred. The CSO is responsible for the identification and acquisition of key personnel that add or strengthens the organization’s security department. The hardware and software products of the installed security systems should be user-friendly, so it is easy for employees to use and understand. Solus security systems are extremely easy and simple to implement.

Technology

The CSO needs to process a lot of information to make a well-informed decision. To make this decision, he needs to rely on good sources of information and reliable technology.

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