Why Read This
This report discusses skills and staffing implications of Forrester's solution for security and risk (S&R) professionals to act in developing their organization's data security and privacy strategy. We designed this report to help S&R executives hire an increasingly important role in the organization — the chief privacy officer (CPO). Customers around the globe have become highly sensitive to how organizations track, use, and store their personal data. As a result, a plethora of often-conflicting privacy laws has emerged in almost every country. As both privacy laws and data volumes explode, it's becoming an increasingly difficult task to both comply with regulations and prevent privacy infringements, while supporting business innovation and expansion. CPOs will weigh in not only on data security and privacy issues relating to customer data but also on corporate and employee data. This is in addition to agreements with third-party business partners. It is a role poised to grow in importance and influence as privacy issues and corporate responsibility dominate discussions regarding data collection, storage, and use. Since the chief information security officer (CISO) must work hand in hand with the CPO, S&R executives must help define the role responsibilities and job description and play a major role in candidate selection.