Plagued by the endless threats and distractions of the modern world—ransomware, software supply chain incidents, and federal indictments against CISOs—CISOs find it difficult to find the time they need to prioritize their agendas. You may feel
But finding that time is vital to survival, and once you have it, you’ll want to use it wisely. We’ll share some ideas on how to prioritize when you’re ready.
Quantifying cyber risk
We often hear that the CISO needs to have a seat at the table, act as a business enabler, and speak the language of the business. This means that the time has come for CISOs and the security industry to grow up and start talking about cybersecurity risk in quantifiable financial terms that businesses know and care about. These include financial impact, loss of revenue, business disruption, market share, etc.
Today’s CISO needs to understand, if not already, the metrics that matter to the board and the business, and how to communicate cybersecurity risk through the lens of the business.
Supply chain risk management
Supply chain security is very important. From compromised suppliers, business partners, SaaS (software as a service) integrations, and software supply chain incidents, we are in a complex modern ecosystem related to an organization’s supply chain.
Without a robust cybersecurity supply chain risk management (C-SCRM) practice and process, or tools to manage it, the modern CISO faces a surprise blind spot.
Talent, culture and burnout
One of the recent rapid trends is the economic impact of market shifts, geopolitical tensions and impending recession fears. As a result, we have seen the industry suffer from significant staffing changes, budget tightening and market shifts. This encourages his modern-day CISO to do more with less and maintain positive morale as the threat landscape accelerates as malicious actors seek to capitalize on these trends. Leave staff to do.
CISOs must reassess their teams and organizations to determine how to achieve their missions in the midst of these economic and financial changes. This means reorganizing your security team, consolidating tools, and implementing process improvements and efficiencies to avoid suffering burnout and cognitive overload for your team and, frankly, yourself. It may mean
You can’t turn around today without seeing or hearing the industry term Zero Trust. This is for good reason, as past methods of access control, permission management, device, and perimeter-based access control are mostly inadequate and outdated.
CISOs must be serious about implementing Zero Trust principles across their enterprise and organization, in that particular order, with a focus on people, process, and technology. Malicious attackers long ago realized the inadequacy of past defense methods and continue to exploit them while organizations and businesses catch up.
The above list is not exhaustive, and there are many other priorities for CISOs. That said, it helps to emphasize that these key areas, emerging trends and changes, have been ongoing for some time and are only accelerating. , CISOs can be poised to improve their organizations and their effectiveness.