Chief security officers (CSO) are generally responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment within a company, which involves ensuring protection of the company’s assets, information, and employees. They are also responsible for coordinating crisis/security management programs and efforts throughout the company and informing all employees of changes to the company's security policies.
Chief security officers usually report directly to the company's CEO or a president or VP of human resources. They must always stay updated when it comes to political developments within and outside of the company and should be fully prepared to protect the company and all its employees from possible security breaches from outside sources.
In some organizations in which travel is common, a CSO will be responsible for ensuring employees’ safety when traveling to areas of elevated risk to safety or security. They may also conduct training throughout the organization to ensure that employees are aware of any possible security breaches within the company and how to properly report them to officials. A bachelor’s degree or higher in criminal justice or a related field and many years of experience are generally required for this position.
Chief Security Officer (CSO) Tasks
Maintain procedures, standards, and policies to protect the privacy and integrity of data.
Ensure compliance with regulations and security policies.
Provide information and training regarding information technology and security systems.
Develop contingency plans and manage security breaches.
Supervise development and application of security procedures and protocols.