The Air Force wants to reduce a cyber weapons system at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, that uses more than 40 tools to 12 tools in 12 months. Today’s columnist, Julian Waits of Devo, has been working closely with the Air Force. He writes that by streamlining tools and using the right mix of technologies that automate the mundane manual tasks the way the Air Force has, CISOs can show boards how they can make the best use out of scarce cybersecurity talent. (Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)

When thinking about the modern security operations center (SOC), it’s clear that security touches every part of the business in today’s enterprises. This means the SOC analyst team—which many perceive as a dark war room separated from everyone else—must become more integrated with teams from across the company, from product development to sales to the C-suite. As this new dynamic proliferates, CISOs need to become the biggest advocates for the SOC team’s ability to develop processes and acquire resources.

They also have to stand up for them in the board room. Here are four ways CISOs can communicate to their boards to advance the interests of the SOC analysts:

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