The BISO: bringing security to business and business to security

Throughout her career in IT security, Irina Singh has thrived on difficult projects. With a bachelor of science degree in management of information systems and a minor in international business, she now manages a team of business information security liaisons serving four foundational business units at medical device company Medtronic. “One of my slogans is that we bring business to security and security to the business,” she says.

Singh calls herself a business information security partner, but the title most commonly employed for this role is business information security officer (BISO). People in these roles are responsible for one or more areas of the business and they usually report to the CISO or CTO, based on job descriptions found online and those laid out by multiple sources interviewed for this article. The people holding these roles also come from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds, at the core of which are strong familiarity with compliance regulations, solid cybersecurity foundations, and business acumen.

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