The top 10 Technical Mistakes Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) Make When Presenting to the Board
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Prioritize risks based on potential impact on the business, not just on technical severity
Not prioritizing risks based on business impact:
Measure the effectiveness of security controls and report on trends over time
Failing to quantify the effectiveness of security controls
Provide a holistic view of security posture, including third-party risks and supply chain security
Not providing a comprehensive view of security posture
Communicate in plain language that the board can understand
Using technical jargon that the board doesn’t understand
Align security initiatives with business goals to show how security supports the organization.
Not aligning security initiatives with business goals
Compliance doesn't guarantee security, focus on security and use compliance as a means to that end.
Focusing too much on compliance rather than security
Stay informed about emerging threats and vulnerabilities and how they could impact the organization.
Not considering emerging threats and vulnerabilities:
Develop a clear incident response plan and communicate it to the board
Failing to provide a clear incident response plan
Involve the board in cybersecurity decision-making to ensure alignment and support.
Not involving the board in cybersecurity decision-making
provide metrics and ROI analysis to demonstrate the value of security investments.
Not demonstrating ROI for security investments
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