Application security, Careers, Cloud security, DevOps, Identity and access, Incident response, Leadership, Vulnerability management

Importance of Culture, Engaging The Board, & 8 New Roles! – BSW #209

This week, in the Leadership and Communications section, The importance of culture in digital transformation, 4 ways to keep the cybersecurity conversation going after the crisis has passed, 8 new roles today’s security team needs, and more!

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Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman
VP, Product at Living Security
  1. 1. What CEOs Need to Know About the Cloud in 2021 - If you’re a business leader daunted by cloud adoption, consider our research- and experience-informed answers to these questions: 1. Can I really trust my data in the cloud? 2. Do I have to get rid of my legacy infrastructure once and for all? 3. How do I make the right cloud choices for my business? 4. How does shifting our work to the cloud make it possible to reimagine the business? 5. Do I have the skills I need to take advantage of the cloud?
  2. 2. The Importance of Culture in Digital Transformation - Trying to accomplish digital transformation without the right culture could result in failure to launch. Here are five steps you need to take to get off the ground: 1. Set the digital transformation vision 2. Make risk-taking acceptable 3. Hire and train for digital skills 4. Build teams and demonstrate leadership 5. Implement, measure and improve
  3. 3. 4 ways to keep the cybersecurity conversation going after the crisis has passed - Executives and board members focus more on cybersecurity when there’s immediate danger. Here’s how CISOs can use a crisis like SolarWinds to translate security into business strategy: 1. Match up with business models 2. Benchmark against your competitors 3. Leverage the push for legislation 4. Build relationships
  4. 4. Actionable Tips for Engaging the Board on Cybersecurity - Up your game with your company's board of directors to help them understand your cybersecurity priorities with these actionable tips: 1. Build Board Rapport 2. Watch Your Language 3. Show and Tell 4. Be Ready to Pivot
  5. 5. 3 Pragmatic Root Causes of Data Breaches - At the highest level, cybersecurity breaches are the result of one of three problems: lack or prioritization, lack of investment or poor execution of security procedures. How do you set up a CISO for success for organizations that don’t just view security as a compliance function or as a cost center? To start: 1. Have the CISO report to the CEO 2. Have the CISO present to the audit committee at least once per quarter. 3. Have the CISO present to the entire board of directors at least once per year, if not more often as needed. 4. Give the CISO their own budget, team, and decision-making authority.
  6. 6. 8 new roles today’s security team needs - Demand for cybersecurity professionals remains sky-high. Make sure you're hiring for the right roles. Here are the eight key roles for IT security in 2021. 1. Identity and access management engineer 2. Manager of third-party risk 3. DevSecOps security engineer 4. Threat hunter 5. Vulnerability risk analyst 6. Cloud security architect 7. Incident response manager 8. CISO
Jason Albuquerque
Jason Albuquerque
Chief Operating Officer at Envision Technologies
Paul Asadoorian
Paul Asadoorian
Founder at Security Weekly
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