Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday, December 30, 2022. I’m Howard Solomon, Contributing Reporter on Cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com.
As the clock nears 2022, I reflect on the last 12 months of podcasts. The most memorable was an interview with Eric Cole in July. Currently, he is the head of his American consulting firm, Secure Anchor. He has also held senior security positions at Lockheed Martin, McAfee, and is a member of the President’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board.
A few things he said in that interview stood out:
One is that in certain organizations, IT departments set up distributed database systems so that only 15% of their data can be stored in one database. This greatly reduces the chances of a hacker getting all of your organization’s valuable information from one of her files. It may not work for banks or hospitals, but it’s an option worth considering to reduce risk.
The second is to make information security leaders more aware of the business side of the organization. He said he set aside an hour or two at night to read business books. Doing so will improve communication with management.
And finally, you need to understand four things the CEO needs to hear from you: what could happen, what the risk is in terms of a percentage or scale number, what the cost is, How much will it cost to fix?
Becoming an information security leader is no easy task, but this advice may help you get along better with your executive team.
For more information, see the transcript of this interview.
That’s it for this episode. But before I wrap up this year’s production, I want to thank two people. One, he’s the chief information officer for IT World Canada, and his engineer he’s Don Naylor, who filled in a few recordings while on vacation. The sound of the show is smooth.
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