Executive CISO Search

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Finding your next Chief Information Security Officer

Hiring a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) has never been more crucial when it comes to keeping your business safe. The role of a CISO has grown in significance as businesses continue to recognise cyber security as a key pillar.

As a dedicated Cyber security recruitment agency, we understand the paramount importance of finding the right CISO to align with your business goals. With a deep understanding of the industry and strong global network, we are well-equipped to identify and connect you with highly skilled and experienced CISOs who possess the expertise to effectively navigate today’s complex challenges.

Trust Intaso

Our extensive network of industry professionals, combined with a rigorous selection process, means we only present you with exceptional, pre-qualified talent who can lead your organisation towards a robust and resilient security posture. Trust us to provide the crucial support and guidance needed to secure your digital future.

Executive Searches that adapt to you​

Our cyber security recruitment team is dedicated to adapting to your specific CISO and cyber security requirements, guaranteeing a tailored approach that aligns with your specific needs. Every time.

Thanks to the ties we have with the cyber security industry, and the strong network we’ve built, our team understands that every business operates in a distinct industry landscape and faces individualised security challenges. That’s why we take the time to comprehensively understand your organisation’s business objectives, strategic goals and culture to help embed the right CISO.

With this understanding, we can leverage our global network and extensive resources to identify the best CISOs who possess not only the requisite technical expertise but also the cultural fit that aligns with your values.

Strategic Cyber Security solutions, in partnership with you

We prioritise a collaborative partnership with our clients, maintaining open lines of communication throughout the recruitment process to ensure that your specific needs are met with precision. Rest assured, our adaptable approach ensures that we deliver exceptional candidates who can seamlessly integrate into your cybersecurity framework and drive your organisation’s security agenda forward.

Executive Search

Experienced in head hunting CIO, CISO, CRO, CSO, Heads of and Practice Lead vacancies, we specialise in contained and retained searches.

Temporary Recruitment

Our specialised temporary recruitment services are designed to swiftly connect your business with the best cyber security talent on a short or long-term basis.

Talent-as-a-Service

Engage a recruiter with a deep security and exec search specialism with technical training and ethics to match.

Team Builds

As businesses develop their Security function, it is vital to build a team which is diverse and balanced.

Interim

From 1-2 days worth of consultancy up to 12 month interim specialist assignments, we have a bank of proven interims we have used over the years.

Information Security

Our Information Security team connects you with the best InfoSec talent across a range of roles.

Cyber Security Sales

As specialists in Cyber Security recruitment, we recognise the critical significance of finding top-tier cyber security sales talent to match your business objectives

Working with Intaso

We’ve got years of experience putting the best Chief Information Security Officers into the top players in cyber security. 

Take a look at what others have said about us:

Director of Security | BRYTER
"Intaso had a number of recommendations on a CISO forum that I use. They took time out to understand the company and my needs. I worked closely with Joe and he’s always looking to discuss potential candidates, get any feedback and fine tune as needed. My requirements for an Application Security Manager, Senior GRC Analyst & Cloud Security Manager are tough because of the skillsets and hot market, but he’s already found me one awesome senior team member and I’ve no doubt he’ll continue to try just as hard with the others.

Joe and Intaso are an excellent complement to our internal Talent Team and I have no hesitation in recommending them as someone that will understand your needs and become a trusted partner as you grow your team.”
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Candidate | Head of Information Security
"Joe contacted me regarding an exciting position with one of his clients. Joe was very friendly, knowledgeable, supportive and approachable. Joe took the time to take me through his client’s recruitment process and kept me informed at all times of my progress. Thanks to Joe I secured the role and am looking forward to starting. I cannot recommend Joe at Intaso highly enough."
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Candidate | CISO, Abellio
“Ryan placed me as CISO at Abellio at the beginning of one of the strangest times (COVID-19 break out). If that wasn’t impressive enough, he did it whilst setting up his new business and expecting a new addition to his family who also arrived just as I started at Abellio! Ryan was incredibly professional and warm throughout. He never made any empty promises and was always transparent. I look forward to working with him in the future either to find staff or change roles myself.“
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CISO | Copper
“Fantastic to work with, sets a very high bar for the recruitment industry and a pleasure to know. Ryan is one of the few who still conduct business face to face (which is absolutely essential for us) and has never failed to deliver quality candidates, pre-screened and well suited for the role. A genuine, hard working character I'm sure I'll be working with for years to come.”
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Find your next CISO role with Intaso

Looking to find your next role as a Chief Information Security Officer? Why not take a look at our current live jobs:

Discuss your CISO requirements with Joe Head

With over 8 years of technical search experience, Joe is a dedicated Cyber Security head-hunter with a passion for all things Cyber. Devoted to building security teams from the ground up, he helps businesses make critical hires both efficiently and effectively.

Joe is also a CAPSLOCK Mentor, helping the next breed of Cyber professionals break into the sector. Currently working towards his CompTIA Security+ Exam & having completed a Cyber Awareness Course, Joe has a genuine desire to play a leading role in the Cyber community.

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FAQs Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is crucial for safeguarding an organisation’s sensitive data, information systems, and digital assets from various cyber threats. With the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, a CISO is essential to develop and execute robust security strategies, ensure regulatory compliance, and protect the organisation’s reputation. The CISO’s expertise helps to proactively identify vulnerabilities, respond to incidents, and foster a culture of security awareness within the company.

A company should consider hiring a CISO when it reaches a certain size or level of digital complexity that requires dedicated expertise in managing cybersecurity risks. Typically, when an organisation grows to a point where it handles sensitive data, processes transactions online, or has a significant online presence, it becomes essential to have a CISO to oversee the security posture.

When hiring a CISO, look for candidates with a strong background in cyber security and risk management. Key qualities include extensive experience in the industry, a proven track record of implementing successful security measures, up-to-date knowledge of emerging threats and technologies, and excellent communication skills to collaborate with other business leaders and stakeholders.

The primary goal of a CISO in a business is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the organisation’s data and information systems. They work towards developing a robust security strategy, managing risk, preventing and responding to security incidents, and creating a culture of security awareness among employees.

A qualified CISO typically possesses a combination of education, certifications, and relevant experience. Common qualifications can include:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security, or a related field.
  • Industry certifications like CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), or similar.
  • Extensive experience in cyber security, risk management, and information technology leadership roles.

The CIO (Chief Information Officer) and CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) are both essential roles, but they focus on different aspects of an organisation’s technology landscape. The CIO is typically responsible for overall technology strategy and implementation, while the CISO focuses specifically on cyber security and risk management. In some organisational structures, the CISO may report to the CIO, while in others, they may report directly to the CEO or the board.

The salary of a CISO can vary significantly based on factors such as the organisation’s size, industry, location, and the candidate’s experience. However, top-level CISOs in large enterprises or high-demand industries can be paid salaries ranging from $200,000 (£165,000) to over $500,000 (£410,000) per year, inclusive of bonuses and benefits.

  • CISO (Chief Information Security Officer): Responsible for the organisation’s cybersecurity strategy, risk management, and ensuring the protection of data and information systems from cyber threats.
  • CIO (Chief Information Officer): Responsible for overall technology strategy, innovation, and the implementation of technology solutions that support the organisation’s goals.
  • CRO (Chief Risk Officer): Responsible for identifying and managing various risks that the organisation faces, which may include financial, operational, regulatory, and cybersecurity risks. The CISO’s role often overlaps with the cybersecurity aspect of the CRO’s responsibilities.

Yes, the CISO is a C-level executive position. As a C-level officer, the CISO typically reports directly to the CEO or the board of directors and plays a crucial role in shaping the organisation’s cyber security strategy and risk management practices.

What is a CISO?

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a senior executive responsible for overseeing and managing the information security strategy and operations within a business. As a key leadership role, the CISO plays a critical role in driving business value forward, ensuring cyber security is seen as a business enabler.

CISOs collaborate extensively with senior leadership, ExCo and board members to guarantee the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation’s security program. 

To thrive as a CISO, it is essential to possess in-depth knowledge of security technologies and processes, paired with a robust understanding of business operations and risk management.

Responsibilities of a CISO?

A skilled and experienced CISO is essential to protect organisations from the growing risks and challenges of the digital world. By leading the development and implementation of robust security strategies, the CISO ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets, ultimately contributing to the overall success and resilience of the organisation in the face of cyber threats.

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