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The Role of the CISO, Enterprise Rights Management and Document Security

In 2015, there was a monumental data breach at TalkTalk that was regarded as a large scale event in the cybersecurity industry (CISO). Way back, when the data breach incident took place, it was not a new phenomenon. 

However, this individual data breach resulted in the government stating that an officer must be put in place in organizations who will have the day-to-day responsibility of safeguarding computer systems, sensitive data and confidential documents from an attack.

Even though a vast amount of personal credentials of over 150,000 customers were accessed, including their financial data, the government recommendation was not a consequence of the size of the data attack. It was also not one of the largest that the world had seen. However, the reason for the government to recommend the appointment of an industry expert to look into the day-to-day responsibilities of safeguarding computer systems and the information they stored was from the manner in which the immediate situation and the following consequences were handled.

In most companies, the responsibility of adhering to this recommendation fell onto the chief information security officer (CISO) with support from the CEO. 

After the data breach at TalkTalk, the CISO was now given the added responsibility of strengthening the organization’s data and cybersecurity capabilities ensuring data and documents containing sensitive, personal and confidential information, were adequately protected. 

And while the role of the chief information security officer is not a novel concept, the function has numerous aspects to it. Ranging from overall cybersecurity operations, data risk and intelligence, document security, information loss and prevention of frauds, network security architecture, program management, compliance and governance and identity and access management, a CISO was called to execute these and more. 

In recent times, this role has now come under greater scrutiny with the massive rise of data breach incidents, document leakage, cybercrime, and sophisticated data attacks.

Recent research indicates that more than two-thirds of companies have undergone at least one data security breach or document leakage incident and a majority of organizational management and leadership believe that the person ultimately responsible for the response to a data breach is the CISO. Hence, given the numerous hats and multiple day-to-day responsibilities, it is evident that the CISO can no longer manage the growing threat landscape that is emerging and encompassing new vectors.

Hence, today, a large number of organizations believe that it is time to add another role and position complementing the CISO. This is where the chief cybercrime officer (CCO) comes in. Here the task of the CCO will be to ensure that the company is cyber ready and will assume the responsibility of mitigating data breaches and preventing data leaks.

Additionally, the CCO role would also take the lead if a data breach takes place and provides the critical association between the management and leadership to the rest of the organization in mitigating risks and working collaboratively with legal departments to resolve concerns when they arise. 

Given the need for data security and document security to become far more central to online and cyber protection strategies, the new role of a CCO can significantly ease the load off the shoulders of the CISO and ensure the company tries to take one step ahead of cybercriminals in the data breach threat race. But, companies must also account the need for both the roles to work in tandem and harmony with clearly outlined tasks and backing from the leadership.

And even though both roles are essential in keeping an organization’s classified and confidential information safe from threats, it is also vital that companies implement proactive data and document security solutions to mitigate the event of a data breach. Much confidential and sensitive information is stored in PDF files, so it makes sense to invest in a PDF DRM solution.  

In practice, implementing PDF DRM can ensure that every CISO and CCO can have a safety net in place, as DRM can ensure that confidential information stays secure regardless of where it lies and cannot be misused even by those authorized to access the information. In a world where data security threats can no longer be ignored, organizations must now truly consider the structure of their network and data security roles. 

By making relevant changes and implementing the right document security technologies such as DRM, companies can ensure they are in an optimal position to keep their information and documents secure and safeguard their company and reputation.

The need for a robust and proactive document security tool in the information security field has never been greater. One of the most vital statistics is to understand the level of threats we are facing. These threats come in many different shapes and sizes. The increase in cybercrime, social engineering and cyber hacking and ransomware is increasing every day and impacts on organizations from employee productivity to revenue generation. 


Just because a file can be backed up, has a password or just because a directory exists on a server, these days it is an easy scenario for an attacker to gain access to it. Enterprise Rights Management brings enterprise-grade DRM protection to critical documents with highly dynamic and granular controls to protect and monitor your data throughout its lifecycle.

While many companies are making strides to assure their customers that their devices are secure, when it comes down to protecting documents and data, DRM is the only solution that can help them stay ahead of the curve and keep data security at the forefront.

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