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Many organizations today have a chief information security officer (CISO), and a growing number also have chief privacy officers. A few organizations are adding another C-level executive, one who is responsible for promoting trust.
Bob West is one of only a handful of executives today with the title of chief trust officer. West, who works for cloud security vendor CipherCloud, refers to his title as being the "other" CTO, since CTO usually stands for chief technology officer. In a video interview with eSecurityPlanet, he discusses his job and explains the difference between security, privacy and trust in a modern organization.
"When you're going to the cloud, one of the most important things is having the right level of trust in where your information is," West said. "My role in a very broad context is to make sure there is an alignment in terms of what we're doing and what our customers are doing, so when they move to the cloud they can have the right level of protection and their information can be trusted."
The role of a chief privacy officer is to understand the legal requirements for an organization and to make sure that the privacy of user information is maintained, West explained. What he does complements the duties of a chief privacy officer, he added.
Trust is a broader concept than security, he said.
"Security is chartered to protect information, and trust takes things to a higher level," West said. "At a very basic level what we're doing is making sure that what our customers are doing gives a foundation of trust for their customers."
West said he'd like to see more chief trust officers in the enterprise IT landscape.
Watch the full video interview with CipherCloud Chief Trust Officer Bob West below,
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.