Once again the time has come to search for, celebrate and showcase the Chief Information Security Officer.
The security function and its leader can lay claim, we know, to protecting organizations, its teams, data and resources, which then can positively impact—directly or indirectly—the growth trajectory of their business. That has been a vital performance given the circumstances of the last 18 months, and, more recently, the crystallization of hybrid working strategies that have come to define the working world in 2021.
Although this is our annual search for the Top 100 Global CISOs, the remarkable changes to our industry mean it may well be a very different list! Leaders across the technology function are working closer and closer together to create seamless strategies that protect and propel firms. And whilst CIOs become the face of innovation and a vital partner to growth, and digital and data leaders emerge with control of the currency on which decisions are made, the CISOs role can be labelled as proactively defensive. They must consciously protect the business from attacks, trying to preempt threats rising in intelligence, whilst building up a culture of protection within its teams. Ensuring the business has this culture increases the resilience of the business as it fights against a worryingly complex security situation.
CISO100 Judges and Criteria
Helping HotTopics.ht with its call for nominations and final selection are the following Judges:
George Eapen, Group CISO, Petrofac; Mansi Thapar, CISO, Jaquar Group; Heather Barnes, Partner, Technology & Digital, Savannah Group; and Les McCollum, Managing VP, CISO, ICMA-RC.
These eminent Judges will review your nominations and order the quantity of global CISOs and security chiefs into the final 100, based on the following criteria:
- Building a security strategy that mitigates risk and maximizes business performance;
- Has a proven track record compassionate and inclusive leadership style;
- Overseeing disruptive change under transformation and/or remote working;
- Championing a culture of security internally;
- Representing their companies on current and future state cybersecurity topics.
These security leaders will have gone above and beyond to help drive business success. The paradox of keeping a business secure while fuelling its growth is the essence of why cybersecurity is a vital function worth celebrating.
At the start of 2021, many organizations were implementing the business-critical cybersecurity measures after a whirlwind 12 months of dissonance—from employees, governments and customers—and disruption—from cyberhackers capitalizing on the discord with coerted, sophisticated attacks, most notably on the US energy grid. The dies have been cast: CEOs need to have their CISOs close in order to weather the coming storm.
The Global CISO 100 2021 builds on the success of our 2017 list, which then formed the first ever global CISO 100 list, and the 100 Global CISOs 2020. As we have established, it is not just a bellwether campaign highlighting some of the best security individuals and strategies happening in the world today, it is a celebration of one of the rising executives of any successful business.
Nominate your CISO now.