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The Chief Security Officer Has Arrived in the C-Suite - and That's a Good Thing

The relationship between the chief information officer and chief security officer (or chief information security officer) can be fraught with tension - and that can be a good thing. Both executives play a critical role in your organization's C-suite, and better understanding these sometimes overlapping roles can only make your business stronger and more secure.

In the past, the CSO, or CISO, depending on your organization's language, was a role secondary to that of the CIO, the CFO or another C-suite executive. But as security becomes a more pressing concern, CSOs have come out of the shadows to take a separate, but equally important role at the executive table.

"That can be hard for other C-suite players to swallow; this role that once reported to them – whether it was an offshoot of the CIO's role, or a CFO or even the CEO – is now a separate role with its own distinct priorities, budgets and concerns that sometimes appear to conflict with what other C-suite members' priorities are," says Zia Bhutta, co-founder and COO of consulting and strategic outsourcing firm Synechron.

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In the past, the CSO, or CISO, depending on your organization's language, was a role secondary to that of the CIO, the CFO or another C-suite executive. But as security becomes a more pressing concern, CSOs have come out of the shadows to take a separate, but equally important role at the executive table.

"That can be hard for other C-suite players to swallow; this role that once reported to them – whether it was an offshoot of the CIO's role, or a CFO or even the CEO – is now a separate role with its own distinct priorities, budgets and concerns that sometimes appear to conflict with what other C-suite members' priorities are," says Zia Bhutta, co-founder and COO of consulting and strategic outsourcing firm Synechron.

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