Making the case: How to get the board to invest in higher education cybersecurity

Security leaders in institutions of higher education face unique challenges, as they are charged with keeping data and the network secure, while also allowing for a culture of openness, sharing, and communication—all cornerstones of the academic community. And depending on the college or university, concerns such as tight budgets and staffing shortages can also make running a successful security … [Read more...]

Making the case: How to get the board to invest in government cybersecurity

Security leaders are no longer simply expected to design and implement a security strategy for their organization. As a key member of the business—and one that often sits in the C-suite—CISOs and security managers must demonstrate business acumen. In fact, Gartner estimates by 2020, 100 percent of large enterprise CISOs will be asked to report to their board of directors on cybersecurity and … [Read more...]

Why CISOs and Lawyers Need to Work Together for GDPR Implementation

Despite the GDPR being over a year old, there still exists a gap between legal and technical that makes guidance more difficult to craft and implement. Despite the fact that the General Data Protection Regulation being probably the most famous compliance regulation in the world, many organizations are still struggling fully understand what’s required of them. An honest and frank look at the way … [Read more...]

CISOs: How to Get the Cybersecurity Budget You Need (and How to Spend it)

The frequency and severity of data breaches over the last few years, combined with security incidents threatening well-known brands, has brought cybersecurity to the forefront of many board meetings. Data is being generated at an unprecedented rate and the value of data is increasing, which means that the potential attack surface grows year on year. Many organizations have taken steps to address … [Read more...]

Why CISOs are Suffering from Increasing Levels of Stress

When it comes to the world of cyber-security, it’s practically impossible to predict what is around the corner, and it’s no surprise that CISOs are struggling to keep their heads above the water. They are required to deal with a wide-range of attack vectors including APTs, Phishing, DDoS, Ransomware, Cryptojacking, Formjacking, “brute force” password attacks, and more. To … [Read more...]

3 Ways the Role of the CISO Will Evolve Over the Next Few Years

We’re very much of the opinion that 2019 has the potential to be the year of the CISO. More specifically, 2019 is the year the CISO will need to listen. Listen to their peers, to HR, Sales, Marketing, Finance and to the rest of the board and gather as much information about their motivations and what makes them tick as possible. It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating. The … Read … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Women in Cybersecurity?

The lack of women in cybersecurity has been a major talking point over the last few years, as well it should be. There have been several studies that suggest women comprise as little as 10% of the cybersecurity workforce, and that this number has not improved by any significant amount. We sat down with a specialist IT recruiter to find out why there was such a disparity between the number … … [Read more...]

3 Traits Shared by Successful CISOs

In episode 8 our popular podcast series, CISO Talks, we spoke with a specialist IT recruiter and asked what the role of CISO entails and how to be successful. First, a little clarification. The role of a CISO will vary dramatically depending on the size of the organization and the industry you are in. A CISO in the tier one investment bank, for example, may be under a lot more … Read … [Read more...]

Are CISOs in High Demand?

It seems as though the demand for CISOs in the job market today is higher than ever before. CISOs are demanding higher salaries and are being given more responsibility at board level. To find out just how in demand CISOs are, we sat down with Nathan Powell of Henderson Scott – recruitment specialists in IT – to ask for his expert opinion on cybersecurity and the demand for CISOs. So … Read … [Read more...]

The Biggest Piece Security Advice for CISOs in 2019

We recently interviewed Brian Contos, CISO and VP Technology Innovation at cybersecurity experts Verodin, to find out the one biggest piece of advice that CISOs need to take on board in 2019. Brian was an informative and entertaining guest on our CISOTalks podcast series and had the following to say regarding advice for CISOs: So What Advice Do You Have for CISOs? “In one word; proof. Make sure … [Read more...]