CISO Job Search Tips

Finding a rewarding, top information security position is very challenging.   Companies are trying to be extremely picky about who they select, but often do not have a good system for selecting their top security leader.  Plus, the CISO seat is highly desired so there are often many applicants which increases the competition in landing a highly sought after position.

At Fortify Experts, we often are hired to find security executives, but many times there are more people we would like to help than available positions.  Therefore, we have put together this resource to help you have the best chance at landing your next dream position even if we are not able to place you ourselves.

Maybe you are considering changing positions or have found yourself in need of a new position as a result of changes at your old company.  If so, know that searching for a security leadership position can be a full time job in itself.

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Networking still leads to over 70% of the jobs, therefore, be prepared to build a strong LinkedIn profile, then continue to connect to your network.  The most successful job searches leverage both personal and public networking.  It is to your advantage to begin to put yourself out there as an expert in your field on LinkedIn by posting short blogs on your thoughts about the industry and commenting on other experts’ posts.  The more people who know you and trust you, the more cheerleaders and supporters you will have when you begin your job search.

Here are a few articles which may be helpful:

Powerful Tips on How You Can Land Your Next Dream Job

Also, here is a really good filtered Security Leader Job Position Search (in Google).  This search is filtered with current jobs anywhere in the U.S. for only the top industries.  Save this search as an Alert to get notices on when new positions pop up.

If you have a high degree of interest in a position, feel free to reach out to us to see if we have any direct connections or historical information on that firm.  We may also be able to provide you with insight on their executive team so you can connect to them directly.

As you make your way through your search, please reach out if we can help through the interview, negotiation and even offer stages.

We wish you the best of luck in your search and hope we can help along the way.

The Fortify Experts Team

About Tim Howard

Tim Howard is the founder of Fortify Experts (www.fortifyexperts.com) and Energy Sourcing (www.energysourcing.com) which helps companies hire and deploy exceptional “Embedded” talent through executive search perm placement and expert consulting. 

In addition, he has a passion for helping companies develop Higher Performing Teams by coaching them to increase effective communications and improve non-productive behaviors. With each new hire, his firm produces an Employee Operating Manual to help clients understand how to communicate better and get the most out of each new hire.

He also teamed up with Lyndrel Downs to launch www.CybersecurityDIVAS.com to help promote the most influential women in cybersecurity and provide a mentoring program to help encourage and support more diversity within the industry.

Tim has been leading technology staffing teams for over 20 years and is the founder of three other technology firms. He has degrees from Texas A&M University in Industrial Distribution and Marketing.  

Invite me to connect:  www.linkedin.com/in/timhoward