As you complete that CISSP or CISA designation and move up the corporate ladder, do you have the right skills to begin making the decisions as CSO or CIO? Even if you have a great understanding of IT operations(networking, disaster recovery, datacenter management), compliance(SAS70, Webtrust, Systrust, SOX), and leadership(Project management, financial budgeting and administration), if you don’t communicate effectively you will not make the list. IT leaders can write, speak until they are red in the face; however, if they are unable to speak general business language, the business audience will not support their IT objectives or provide funding. Some of the more important skills to have as CSO or CIO are:
- Communicate effectively
- Lead during a disaster
- Provide an IT strategy
What are the important skills that a CSO or CIO must have to be a success? As a team leader? To build Board support? To be an effective information technology project manager/business leader? To build another Google, Microsoft Windows, or Email Exchange?