NTSC Policy Council Member David Katz Publishes Cover Story About Role of the CISO in CISO MAG
David Katz, Partner at Adams & Reese, LLP, and an NTSC Policy Council member, published a cover story in CISO MAG a few months ago titled “CISO: The Technical Unicorn.” In this article, Katz discusses how the CISO watches over companies like a lone sentry—and yet these CISOs instead need to be viewed and equipped like a five-star general. As the CISO’s role has evolved, both technical and business skills are required that make seeking the right person seem like finding a unicorn. Yet, even after finding this unicorn, companies often place CISOs in a context where a tension exists between their responsibilities and decision-making authority. While responsible for security, CISOs must often cede key decisions to CIOs or HR departments. As Katz says, “In simple terms, the CISO is accountable for the security of systems and operations for which they may have no ultimate decision-making authority.” Also, profitability is often chosen over security, making the CISO’s role more difficult.