Establishing Strong Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Leadership: The Roles of the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer (Part Two of Two)

With the dynamic nature of privacy concerns – caused by changing legal requirements, growing data collections and evolving technology – top privacy officers must manage a shifting realm with proactive communication, effective reporting lines and operational structures to ensure accurate implementation of privacy policies and protocols.  Experts agree that it is optimal to have both a Chief Cybersecurity Officer or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a separate Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).  Some confuse these positions, thinking “that the security person should know all things privacy and the privacy person should know all things security and that is clearly not the case,” Michael Overly, a partner at Foley & Lardner told the Cybersecurity Law Report.  In this two-part article series, we define and distinguish the roles of CPO and CISO.  This article, the second of the series, focuses on the CPO, including core responsibilities, considerations for structuring reporting lines and hiring for the position.  The first article focused on the CISO.

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