Careers, Leadership

10 Questions, 5 Personality Traits, & 3 Security Priorities – BSW #238

This week, in the Leadership and Communications section, 10 Questions Great Bosses Ask Themselves, 5 cybersecurity personality traits for a successful career, 3 Security Priorities to Support the New Hybrid Workplace, and more!

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Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman
VP, Product at Living Security
  1. 1. 10 Questions Great Bosses Ask Themselves - Humble reflection is critical to excellent leadership #1. What Can I Be Doing Better or How Am I Wrong? #2. Am I Prioritizing Well? #3. Am I Who I Want My Team to Be? #4. Am I Communicating Effectively? #5. What Is Working, What Isn’t, And Should We Change Anything? (The AAR) #6. Is Change Truly Required? #7. How Much is Fear Playing Into My Decision? #8. How Can I Serve My Team Better Today? #9. Does My Ego Hold Too Much Sway? #10. Am I Granting My Team Enough Autonomy?
  2. 2. Forget Flexibility. Your Employees Want Autonomy. - Flexibility now dominates the way we speak about the future of work. And while a new hybrid working survey shows that employees do indeed want flexibility, it also shows that this flexibility is conditional upon their autonomy to exercise it in whichever way is best for them. Autonomy is a key driver of human motivation, performance, and fulfillment; in the context of hybrid working, it is also directly correlated to the amount of flexibility a given employee has access to in their work arrangement. By turning the dial on autonomy up or down, employee flexibility increases or decreases, respectively. For organizations looking to remain competitive in the hybrid future, enabling and empowering employee autonomy will be the single most important enabler of flexibility. By ditching policies for principles, investing in competence and relatedness, and giving employees the tools they need to do their job well regardless of location, leaders can create a culture of autonomy and flexibility to the benefit of the organization, teams, and individual employees.
  3. 3. Is your business making these risk management mistakes? – CyberTalk - Making risk management mistakes can potentially result in irreparable harm to organizations; from intellectual property loss, to monetary losses, to reputational damage. Although your organization likely has a strong cyber security framework in-place, see if any of these risk management mistakes resonate. If so, limit any potential problems as soon as you can.
  4. 4. 3 Security Priorities to Support the New Hybrid Workplace - Here’s a list of the top three priorities that should be top-of-mind for all security-minded businesses navigating our new world: 1. Security, Privacy, Trust and Compliance by Design 2. Security Testing, Monitoring, and Response Preparedness 3. A Security-First Culture
  5. 5. How to create a Cybersecurity Culture in your Organisation? - Here are 5 Tips For Building a Cybersecurity Culture in Your Organization: 1. Start in the C-suite and make security relatable 2. Make it human-centric 3. Make security awareness training fun and rewarding 4. Invest in the right security tools and develop security talent 5. Have a CISO succession plan in place
  6. 6. 5 cybersecurity personality traits for a successful career - In this excerpt of 'Confident Cyber Security,' author Jessica Barker outlines five cybersecurity personality traits employers look for in job candidates: 1. Your ethical and moral code 2. Curiosity 3. A desire to learn 4. An acceptance that you don't know everything (and that's ok) 5. Empathy These personality traits can all be developed, and demonstrating them will be appealing to prospective employers. There are other skills you can hone, too: 1. Situational awareness 2. Spotting patterns 3. Communication skills
Ben Carr
Ben Carr
CISO at Cradlepoint
Jason Albuquerque
Jason Albuquerque
Chief Operating Officer at Envision Technologies
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