The Secure CiO: How to Hire and Retain Great Cyber Security Talent to Protect your Organisation

The Secure CiO: How to Hire and Retain Great Cyber Security Talent to Protect your Organisation

by Claire Pales

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Are you a CIO currently leading, or would like to lead, cyber or information security professionals? Do you find the idea of going to market in search of a security leader a daunting task?

The current security job market has become increasingly difficult to navigate for hiring managers and candidates alike. Many roles globally, sit vacant for months and the uncertainty this can cause for CIOs, on top of their mounting workload, is difficult to address and causes increased risk for the organisation.

This book provides a step-by-step framework to address the challenges of finding and retaining cyber security leaders. Guiding CIOs and their peers through the establishment of a Security Agenda, this straightforward framework doesn't end at contract signing. From establishing non-negotiable traits to ensuring the new leader effectively transitions into the role, The Secure CIO removes the burden of hiring a cyber security leader.

Written by respected information security blogger, Claire Pales, this book is for any CIO leading security staff - whether currently hiring or still considering the best way to address cyber risk in an organisation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648204756
Publisher: 27 Lanterns Pty Ltd
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
File size: 260 KB
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

Table of Contents


The five-step framework for effective hiring 

The Dilemma 

Section 1 – Clarity: Establishing your Agenda 

1 The state of the industry 

2 What is your why? 

3 Security maturity 

4 What others are saying, Part 1 

5 Aligning to business strategy 


Section 2 – Compass: What’s your destination? 

6 Were to? 

7 What skills and outcomes are non-negotiable? 

8 Let’s get real – the true job description 


Section 3 – Connection: How to hire? 

9 To recruiter or not to recruiter? 

10 Candidate review 49

11 Surround yourself with supporters 

12 Are you allowing for stretch? 

13 What others are saying, Part 2 61


Section 4 – Commitment: Are you ready? 

14 The tour of duty 

15 The expectation gap 


Section 5 – Coaching: Don’t leave them high and dry 

16 Welcome

17 Update

18 What is coaching? (It’s not about screaming from the sidelines) 

19 What does the candidate need? 

20 Addressing the stretch 

21 Where to from here? A word on measurement 

22 It’s never a ‘wrap’ 

Valuable references/links 



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