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For board of directors, cybersecurity literacy is essential
This article is part of the Information Security issue of August 2019, Vol. 20, No. 3
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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Features in this issue
IAM is evolving to incorporate new technologies -- like cloud-based services and containerization -- promising more secure, granular management of access to company IT assets.
IoT's vast vendor landscape drives innovation, but working with so many third parties also comes with baggage in the form of third-party cybersecurity issues.
Whatever an organization's culture, effective use of a security framework requires understanding business goals and program metrics, and demands leadership communication.
News in this issue
IAM is an organization's best defense for its weakest link, end users. Make sure you're following the right framework and keeping your tools honed and ready for battle.
Columns in this issue
For boards of directors to meet their business goals, CISOs need a seat at the table. Through her initiative BoardSuited, Joyce Brocaglia aims to pave the way.
The most critical skills that cybersecurity lacks -- like leadership buy-in, people skills and the ability to communicate -- are not the ones you hear about. That needs to change.