Executive Cyber Leadership Job Profile

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What is Executive Cyber Leadership?

Executive Cyber Leadership executes decision-making authorities and establishes vision and direction for an organization’s cyber and cyber-related resources and/or operations.

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Executive Cyber Leadership must know:

  • computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk).
  • laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles.
  • cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses.
  • application vulnerabilities.
  • system and application security threats and vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, return-oriented attacks, malicious code).
  • what constitutes a network attack and a network attack’s relationship to both threats and vulnerabilities.
  • industry technologies’ potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
  • capabilities, applications, and potential vulnerabilities of network equipment including hubs, routers, switches, bridges, servers, transmission media, and related hardware.
  • emerging security issues, risks, and vulnerabilities.
  • Application Security Risks (e.g. Open Web Application Security Project Top 10 list)
  • cyber competitions as a way of developing skills by providing hands-on experience in simulated, real-world situations.

Key skills of the Executive Cyber Leadership include:

  • creating policies that reflect system security objectives.
  • communicating with all levels of management including Board members (e.g., interpersonal skills, approachability, effective listening skills, appropriate use of style and language for the audience).
  • anticipate new security threats.
  • remain aware of evolving technical infrastructures.
  • use critical thinking to analyze organizational patterns and relationships.

Executive Cyber Leadership must be able to:

  • develop policy, plans, and strategy in compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and standards in support of organizational cyber activities.
  • apply critical reading/thinking skills.
  • exercise judgment when policies are not well-defined.
  • interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and guidance relevant to organization cyber objectives.
  • tailor technical and planning information to a customer’s level of understanding.
  • think critically.
  • prioritize and allocate cybersecurity resources correctly and efficiently.
  • relate strategy, business, and technology in the context of organizational dynamics.
  • understand technology, management, and leadership issues related to organization processes and problem solving.
  • understand the basic concepts and issues related to cyber and its organizational impact.
  • ensure information security management processes are integrated with strategic and operational planning processes.
  • ensure that senior officials within the organization provide information security for the information and systems that support the operations and assets under their control.

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