Information Security Leader: Two Distinct Roles of a CISO (Security Intelligence)


In the original “Star Trek” television series, second officer and chief engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott was invaluable to the mission of the Starship Enterprise — not only down in the engine room getting his hands dirty, but also up on the bridge as a senior officer supporting Captain Kirk.

Because of his technical knowledge, the Scotty character was clearly a subject-matter expert. But as a senior officer, Scotty was also essential to the USS Enterprise as a trusted adviser to its leadership team.

In this sense, Scotty from “Star Trek” exemplifies the dual roles of a CISO. That’s the first of three important changes that information security leaders and their teams need to address if they want to make a bigger and more valued contribution to their own enterprise.