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What Is a Chief Security Officer Good For?

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Dear KV,

The little startup I am working for must be getting bigger because we just hired someone to be our "chief security officer," which I place in quotes because I am not quite sure what that actually means. Most of the developers I work with seem to write good code, which, if I understand some of your previous columns, means we should also have relatively good security.


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