This month we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of reporting to the General Counsel (GC). Most enterprises combine a number of functions under the Office of the General Counsel... the most common include Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Secretary of the Board of Directors and, in many enterprises, Chief Administrative Officer.
The answer to this question is most often “a lot.” When you limit the question to the security industry alone though, the answer can sometimes be “not much,” which is a reflection of the path a candidate takes to enter the profession.
Understanding the secrets to building and advancing careers is a common topic of discussion and debate amongst the hundreds of security professionals we’ve had the good fortune to meet in our respective careers.
As many of you have observed, a number of executive roles leading corporate security department are filled by senior-level federal government officials from the law enforcement, intelligence and military communities who are retiring and seeking a second career.
Over the past few years, women have represented approximately 10 percent of the information security workforce, but analysis from two recent (ISC) information security workforce surveys shows that women are quickly converging on men in terms of academic focus, computer science and engineering, and, as a gender, have a higher concentration of advanced degrees.