With many people working remotely and many business operations moving online as well as databases stored in the cloud, cyber security has become a key need for companies. Thus, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) role has become more important than ever. Andrew Hay, cyber security expert and COO at Lares, LLC., shares an article on Forbes explaining how the role of CISO has evolved and the importance of this position in today’s business environment. One of the primary roles of the CISO, Hay shares, is to “develop and implement a comprehensive security strategy for their organization. This involves conducting risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and implementing controls to mitigate potential threats.” The CISO plays a key role in learning and communicating security risks to their employees and their stakeholders. This role works closely with essentially every department to ensure security is integrated in all aspects of the business. Hay makes note of the biggest challenge for this position – cybercriminals. It is the CISO’s job to anticipate and prepare for new threats as they emerge. Another challenge to overcome is data privacy, Hay explains that with the implementation of regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), companies must be more transparent about how they collect, use, and protect personal data. Therefore, the CISO must work to ensure that the organization is compliant with these regulations, while also balancing the needs of the business. Hay concludes that the role of the CISO, although faced with high level challenges, is crucial in today’s digital landscape. With more and more companies joining the digital workspace, more and more cybersecurity is needed. As we look to the future of work, the CISO will play an essential role for your business and employees.