What They Do:

To prevent data breaches—and better protect sensitive client and customer information—employers are beefing up their cyber security forces. A digital risk officer proactively assesses risks and implements security measures.

People who work as IT specialist, computer programmers or web developers may do well working as a digital risk officer. Your analytical mindset, computer savvy, and problem-solving skills apply to the core responsibility of a digital risk officer: outthinking cybercriminals.


To become a digital risk officer you will need a 2- or 4-year degree in IT and digital analytics certification. People looking to enter this field will probably start as an information security analyst and will then need to complete a risk assessment training program as well.

What They Make:

The average salary for a chief risk office is $153,602 according to Payscale estimates.

Where They Work:

Digital risk officers will manage risk at an executive level across digital business units working directly with peers in legal, privacy, compliance, digital marketing, digital sales and digital operations.

Career Outlook:

The field is so new that specific data isn't available, but by 2017, one-third of large employers with a digital component will employ a digital risk officer, reports IT research firm Gartner



Updated November 2018