The IT industry has undoubtedly shone a bright light on the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) this year; the increasing responsibility and heightened risks associated with the role and the fact that no organisation appears to be safe from a data breach has given the role a new purpose and place within the structure of a business.
CEO’s, Boards of Directors and Trustees are now realising how fatal cyber security failures can be. In reality, a major data breach will ruin not only an organisation’s reputation, damage its brand and future prospects or plans, but also have serious consequences on the bottom line. When a breach occurs, and the data of customers, partners, employees or even the general public, is compromised, hard decisions need to be made – and fast.
Value has been enhanced
Despite the risks that the role now has a reputation for, numerous organisations are starting to see the value of employing someone to specifically deal with the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, either because they have the right Information Assurance (IA) mindset – focusing on protecting data rather than the network – or because of the increasing pressures around compliance, risk and governance.
Getting everyone on board
Whilst the correct security mindset must start at the top, in reality, it also needs to be embedded across all practices within an organisation; extending beyond the security team to legal, finance and even marketing. If the entire organisation is aware of the risks faced, and the part each department and each employee plays in keeping data secure, the business itself will be far better prepared for any risk faced.
The responsibility of securing the entire organisation’s network sits with the CISO, but the catastrophic risks of a cyber security failure means that it must be given consideration by the entire Board and become a top priority in meeting business objectives. It really is that simple.