75 Percent of CISOs need organizational knowledge

Many IT professionals find themselves explaining networking engineering and data management processes to officials and partners. Technical security is such a large part of the government nowadays that conversations between information security professionals and those outside of the field are becoming more frequent than ever before.

A recent survey conducted by The Corporate Executive Board Company found that 75 percent of chief information security officers are tasked with speaking in front of boards of directors and chief executive officers at least once every year. Additionally, the survey discovered at 67 percent of information security professionals interact with associates outside of security on a daily basis.

Jeremy Bergsman and Emma Kinnucan, a practice manager and a senior research analyst, both at CEB, wrote in an InformationWeek blog post that these findings suggest many organizations need to hire employees who have soft skills as well as a wealth of cybersecurity knowledge. Furthermore, these information security professionals should have some degree of expertise in fields of business.

Is that the right choice for federal agencies?
While there is no doubting that these are desired traits, federal agencies may not have the resources, space or ability to hire a plethora of new security employees who have a level of business competency that matches their data management knowledge. Rather, federal organizations can benefit from outsourcing this expertise to cybersecurity, cloud integration and data management firms that specialize in providing the high level of service required.

With an outsourced team, federal agencies can put more emphasis and spend more funds on ensuring that their employees have the resources and hardware necessary to take advantage of cloud computing. In an era when government spending is put under a microscope, hiring vast amounts of IT and information security professionals may seem erroneous to the average citizen. Partnering with IT service providers can appear to Americans to be an intelligent method of outsourcing non-essential tasks, despite IT being the core of any organization.

Government organizations can focus on serving the public while dedicated professionals handle cloud integration and other pressing matters. There are not many benefits to having IT professionals who know how agencies function and the politics behind them. IT service providers will provide the structural integrity and politicians can complete the important business-oriented goals. This will save federal organizations time and revenue associated with hiring a brand new team of information security officers who are equally familiar with IT as they are with the government.