CISOs, CEOs Need to Work Closely: Forrester

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 03, 2009

With security now forming just 11 percent of IT expenditure on an average, chief information security officers (CISOs) have their work cut out to justify their expenditure to CEOs so that security is not compromised, said Forrester.

According to Khalid Kark, principal analyst at Forrester Research, chief executive officers (CEOs) are usually very concerned about the security aspect, but with IT budgets getting tighter CISOs are expected to do more with less.

In order to effectively deal with the worsening security threats, CISOs will need to work in close coordination with their CEO and justify their expenditure.

Speaking at a Forrester EMEA Security Forum recently, Kark said, "You might even need to create a business liaison role so that there is clear communication, and so that IT security and the other departments are working towards the same goals."

Though this would incur cost, there was too much to lose by not doing so, he said, adding, "You need to make sure that there’s a proper interaction between information security and the rest of the business."


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