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Re: IT Manager to CISO
From: Todd Haverkos <infosec () haverkos com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:55:20 -0500

olufemimogaji () gmail com writes:

Hi all,

I'm currently the de facto IT manager for a small IT services firm. The nature of our business requires that we 
follow PCI standards as per logical security. Here's the thing, the CISO is leaving next month, and I've been told 
I'll be taking his position. I already have a lot of exposure to info sec, I have a CCNP (the former version with 
ISCW) and a I'm an MCP (Active Directory for WS 2008). What I need to know is what cert I should go out there and get 
to make me more cemented in this new CISO role, at least to keep the auditors happy, as they sometimes like to 
question your competence. The outgoing CISO, even though he was trained by some of our partners, had NO certs, and 
this exposed him to uncomfy questions from hard nosed auditors. Security+ or CISSP exam? Or any others? Any form of 
guiding light will be highly appreciated.

The breadth and mindshare of a CISSP and the business cred of an MBA
would be a compelling combination for a CISO role given the stated
goals.

See if you can't find some Lee Kushner talks or podcast appearances of
recent vintage.  I saw him speak recently at Thotcon and have heard
him at Blackhat and on a podcast recently.  He's one of the best known
security recruiters, and speaks frequently about the CISO connundrum,
and how the skillset of a CISO actually doesn't lend itself well to
most of the techie infosec community.

I'm not sure if these talks/interviews have that in it, but they were
quick to google:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgIQXPMga8g

http://www.securabit.com/2010/12/20/securabit-episode-71-managing-our-careers-with-lee-kushner/

He has a website here http://www.infosecleaders.com/about/
or peruse the twitter feed @ljkush

Best Regards, 
--
Todd Haverkos, LPT MsCompE
http://haverkos.com/

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