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August 2019, Vol. 20, No. 3

For board of directors, cybersecurity literacy is essential

For many corporate boards of directors, cybersecurity issues are at the top of the agenda now. As risks and compliance issues multiply by the day, it's dawning on enterprises that adding a board member who's all about security is a good idea. What makes it a perfect pairing is that many CISOs, CIOs and other tech-savvy professionals are interested in joining boards themselves. Boards of directors and cybersecurity leadership: two important groups for whom a merger is in order. But it's not enough to be security-savvy. Many security pros are most comfortable communicating in tech-speak. To convey security risks and investment needs to the board of directors, cybersecurity pros also need to be proficient in board-speak to tie technology issues directly to the needs of the business. To get CISOs and other executives ready for a seat in the boardroom and make a solid business case for what companies need to protect themselves, Alta Associates founder and CEO Joyce Brocaglia in May launched BoardSuited, an education company that ...

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