Why a Comprehensive and Complete Security Strategy Has to Involve Your Board and How to Get Them “On Board”
By Alp Hug, CEO, Teramind, Published in RSA Conference Blog
A recent survey of IT security leaders in the E.U. revealed a startling reality for those responsible for a company’s cybersecurity initiatives: they are burned out and fed up. The survey solicited 3,000 responses from security professionals across the U.K., Germany, and France, and it found that 82% of respondents felt burned out, 64% are considering quitting their job, and 63% are contemplating leaving the industry altogether.
This isn’t just a problem for the E.U., and this shouldn’t be surprising.
The first quarter of 2019 saw a 235% year-over-year increase in ransomware and trojans targeting businesses, and increasingly, the threat landscape isn’t just relegated to the external threats that frequently make headlines. Insider threats pose a significant cybersecurity risk to all types of companies. For example, the healthcare industry recently identified insider threats as their most significant vulnerability.
Taken together, this digital environment can seem overwhelming for even the most seasoned IT professionals. However, they don’t have to go it alone. In the same way that true digital security requires 360-degree protection that addresses both external and internal threats, cybersecurity has to be a holistic priority, something that is embraced and prioritized, especially in the boardroom.
Indeed, getting board members to support cybersecurity initiatives is paramount when protecting the company’s digital assets, and it can help IT professionals thrive at their jobs. By virtually every measure, board member support is a critical asset. Here’s how to get them “on board.”