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Changes in Economic Climate and Business Landscape Call for a New Strategic Business Development Process - Wargaming

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Fewer resources and smaller budgets are motivating Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to transition from an operational executive into a strategic business partner. To excel in today’s evolving and complex business landscape, CISOs must look for a new strategic business development process, such as Business Wargaming. Wargaming will help provide a holistic view of prospective scenarios, create a proactive development plan and an improved reactive strategy.

January 27, 2012, Albuquerque, NM- Today EC-Council releases a new White Paper that introduces an alternative method to conventional CISO practices. As the business landscape becomes more complex and adjusts to stricter policies, increased competition, budgets cuts and limited resources those in the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) position must develop a strategy that will accommodate and meet the needs of the organization. Business wargaming will help the CISO develop a plan where they can foresee future challenges, predict the moves of their competitors and stay ahead of prospective obstacles.

Nitin Kumar, global executive and managing consultant, published a White Paper “Wargaming for CISOs” in EC-Council’s CISO Series of White Papers, he stresses, “To excel in this new business landscape, CISOs need to look at a new strategy development process which will help making decisions realistic at a minimal risk and achieve full strategic and operational alignment.” To read the white paper, please visit:

In this White Paper, Nitin Kumar reviews the shortcomings of the conventional CISO strategy and guides the reader through the development of the wargaming strategy by examining wargame types, levels and execution. He suggests ideal circumstances for wargaming and highlights benefits of using this strategy. The White Paper includes tactics that will help the CISO manage the challenges and high demands that come with the role.

Business wargaming adapts the art of simulating moves and counter-moves in a commercial setting. Business war games are a relatively recent development, but they are growing rapidly, and the time has come for CISO organizations to adopt this technique in order to stay ahead of the game.

The CISO position has been around for less than a decade. In that time it has evolved dramatically. Neira Jones, head of payment security for Barclaycard, said in the article “How the Role of the CISO Must Evolve to Balance Risk and Business”, due to the changing business landscape, “The CISO needs to evolve from an isolated subject matter expert and analyst to a trusted advisor on how technology can improve business; to an integrated business thinker, facilitator, leader, evangelist and educator.”

Business Wargaming will help executives develop plans that meet their strategic goals, create competitive advantage, and elevate the pressure felt by the complex and ever-changing nature of today’s business landscape.

EC-Council is committed to providing Information Assurance Executive Professionals with the latest Information Security news and trends from the industry’s leading experts. If this White Paper is of interest, it is encouraged to also look into EC-Council’s Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) Certification and EC-Council’s CISO Executive Summit Series.


Marissa Easter – Marketing Communications Specialist ([email protected])

About EC-Councils Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) Certification:

C|CISO is the first certification of its kind to equip Information Assurance leaders with the most effective toolset to defend organizations from cyber attacks. It recognizes an individual’s accumulated skills in developing and executing an information security management strategy in alignment with organization goals. Applicants can take advantage of the Grandfather Provision until September 2012. The Grandfather Provision is open to highly-skilled and experienced professionals who can demonstrate and prove proficiency in the 5 C|CISO domains. For more information about C|CISO, please visit:

About EC-Council:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Security Analyst / Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members. EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S.Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences.

For more information about EC-Council visit, follow @ECCouncil on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit EC-Council’s Facebook page.

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