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Best practices security leadership management

Best practices security leadership management: Chief security officers (CSOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) can gain insights on best practices in security leadership and management from a new book titled Modern Management and Leadership: Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications.

The book, authored by experienced security management journalist and writer Mark Tarallo, outlines management strategies in three sections:

The first section provides best practice guidance on action areas in which a modern manager may be involved — from recruiting and hiring to onboarding and leading teams, and from employee engagement and retention to coaching, performance management, and working with difficult employees.

The second section explains the essential concepts and practices of a range of effective leadership styles such as servant leadership, crisis leadership, change agent leadership, sustaining leadership, and diversity and inclusion leadership. This helps the reader lead through different situations — whether it be working through a crisis, leading through organizational change, building staff resilience, or coaching and empowering employee teams.

The third section offers detailed case studies from innovative CISOs and CSOs on how management and leadership principles and practices play out in on-the-ground workplace scenarios. Sometimes, CISOs and CSOs are perceived by other C-suite executives as “security cops,” rather than true business and organizational leaders. These on-the-ground case studies will help managers avoid such pigeonholing.

Modern Management and Leadership is published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group as part of their Internal Audit and IT Audit book series. The book concludes by discussing the future of security management alongside the rapid evolution of leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best practices security leadership management essentials provided throughout this volume will empower aspiring leaders and also enable experienced managers to take their leadership to the next level. Many if not most CISOs and other leaders have had very little if any, formal training in management and leadership. The select few that have such training usually obtained it through academic courses that take a theoretical, broad-brush approach. In contrast, this book provides much actionable guidance on the nitty-gritty tasks that managers must do every day.

Lack of management practical knowledge puts CISOs and CSOs at a disadvantage vis-a-vis other executives in the C-suite. They risk being pigeonholed as “security cops” rather than respected business leaders. Many articles on these subjects published in the press are too incomplete and filled with bad information. And combing through the few high-quality sources that are out there, such as Harvard Business Publishing, can take hundreds of dollars in magazine subscription and book purchase fees and weeks or months of reading time. This book puts all the essential information into your hands through a series of concise chapters authored by an award-winning writer.

To find out more about this book, click here.


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