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A chief security officer (CSO) is an organization's most senior executive accountable for the development and oversight of policies and programs intended for the mitigation and/or reduction of compliance, operational, strategic, financial and reputational security risk strategies relating to the protection of people, intellectual assets and tangible property.

The accountabilities of the CSO include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Digital or cyber security, sometimes referred to as IT security, does have a cooperative inter-connected involvement. Some organizations have combined various elements of security programs within the "chief information security officer" (CISO) function. IT security typically addresses security-related risk issues across all layers of an organization's technology stack. This may include:

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