Briefing: Better solutions for CISOs – 5 steps to success
Balancing business and your own goals, while forming relationships with your closest colleagues is not an easy task for a new CISO. The following 5 data-driven focus areas will help you gain the traction to set you up for continued success.
As the role of CISO evolves, it’s becoming more apparent that the job requires becoming a key conduit between the Business, IT and Risk teams. Being able to communicate about security, risk and compliance with confidence, to get buy-in into your plan and strategy by presenting the facts not just working with an F.U.D approach can elevate your role within the organisation.
“By solving the data challenge and moving to a risk-based approach, CISOs can solve the basics of Enterprise Cyber Hygiene and drive a fireproofing approach.”
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Most likely you’ve been hired to make an impact, and with any new leadership role, it’s difficult to balance the business concerns, your goals and the new relationships you are forming or impacting.
The following 5 data-driven focus areas will help you gain the traction to set you up for continued success.
1. USE DATA TO GET THE ‘LAY OF THE LAND’ QUICKLY AND CONTINUOUSLY
Don’t fly blind. What you want is clarity into the performance of your security and the measures, controls and frameworks you are using to define this quickly. Don’t assume anyone or any system has given or is even able to give you the full picture, as the chances are that they don’t have one themselves especially if your team is still gathering data manually.
There are several options available to you to find that clarity, all of which come with pros and cons. One of the more popular options is utilising one of the large consultancies to do a formal audit.
Three things to be aware of with this approach…