Abstract

This IDC Perspective examines IDC's third European CISO Summit, held in November 2019. It saw IDC's CISO community gather for an intensive two-day program, with three clear aims: to explore how security teams can demonstrate business value through risk management, to understand how security teams can focus this risk-centric approach to support their enterprise's strategic ambitions, and to understand the attributes that CISOs of the future will require to thrive, not just survive, as a business leader.

"The job description of a CISO is already complicated, but the growing expectations on the security team mean that CISOs require a growing set of attributes to be successful," said Dominic Trott, research director for IDC European Security and Privacy. "While traditional capabilities such as technical know-how remain non-negotiable, the need to demonstrate impact means that skills such as financial acumen and risk management are becoming intrinsic elements of the package of attributes that CISOs must develop. Most importantly, they must become expert communicators, able to present the right data in the right language at the right time to build relationships with a growing range of internal and external stakeholders."


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