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CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success ((ISC)2 Press) Hardcover – December 22, 2007

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  • Series: (ISC)2 Press
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 1 edition (December 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849379431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849379437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd Fitzgerald is the Global Director of Information Security for Grant Thornton International and is responsible for providing strategic information security leadership, promoting the establishment of global information security standards, solutions, and best practices for the sake of Grant Thornton member firms supporting 35,000 employees across more than 100 countries.

Todd authored the 2012 book, Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard, and co-authored the ISC2 leadership series book entitled CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, along with numerous other chapters for security publications, including the Official ISC2 Guide to the CISSP CBK and the Information Security Handbook Series. Todd has chaired national/international conferences for ISACA and spoken frequently for CSI, ISSA, MISTI, COSAC, HIMSS, HIPAACOW, WHIMA, CMS, RSA, ISE Programs, EVANTA and others. Todd was a 2005 Finalist for the ISE Programs Executive of the Year Award and has served as judge and Master of Ceremonies several times. Todd was ranked in the Top 50 Information Security executives in 2012 by Execrank.com.

He earned a MBA degree from Oklahoma State University, a BS degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (current advisor to the College of Business Administration) and has previously held senior information technology leadership positions with Fortune 500 organizations such as ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (National Government Services), AstraZeneca (Zeneca), Syngenta, IMS Health, American Airlines and Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This reference contains good insight and very practical information for a new security professionals or security professionals with less than 8 years in the field. The authors have and had leading positions in the information security field. I liked the way it was written with the different authors giving their perspective and advice. Very good reference.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BJ on January 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book covers some very valuable insights to developing your skills as a new or seasoned CISO as well as into a well rounded one. There is lots of great information provided from some of the leading industry representatives in the field of security worthy of reading. I personally have heard Todd Fitzgerald speak on the topics of security and consider him a superb security advocate and leader in the CISO realm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on August 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Contemporary information security is a relatively new specialty that continues to evolve. Even newer is the job title "chief information security officer." As a result, those who don the CISO mantle do so without an established playbook.

In CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, a number of experienced and highly successful information security practitioners share their collective experiences--including mistakes. They provide valuable advice for those aspiring to become information security leaders.

A common theme throughout the book's 19 chapters is the idea that information security is about more than simply amassing technical knowledge. Rather, it is the combined set of skills that include leadership, team building, communication, risk assessment, and corporate business savvy. Lack of these skills has often resulted in a CISO's premature termination.

The book is divided into three sections all centered on the issue of leadership. Part I is titled "A Leadership Disconnect," while Part II "Leadership Mandate" features chapters on fundamental topics, such as career advancement, security as a business function, business drivers, and more. Part III, "Leadership Evolution," covers business savvy, organizational culture, selling security, and more.

For those with a forward career path in information security, CISO Leadership is a valuable guidebook. The authors' "war stories" can help you avoid the bumps as you go down that road. The breadth and depth of the experience of the authors makes this a unique book that you can use to further your information security career.
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