Over the past few months, millions of workers have turned their homes into their new, remote office, including state government employees, which brought a host of risks through use of unsecured Wi-Fi and poor access controls. This shift toward home as well as the underlying panic brought on by COVID-19 altered hackers’ focus and targets aimed at the remote worker. Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) preparing their companies for this change require time, training for employees and the right technology, as well as increased cooperation between the security teams and IT/network operations groups.
Today's challenging reality presents an opportunity for CISO’s to reevaluate the economics and efficiencies of their current infosec program. To do so, CISO’s must narrow their focus on maximizing their return on investments and shift to a risk-based prioritization strategy. No matter the situation, CISO’s are always expected to meet goals and drive results. Even though security professionals cannot reduce risk to zero, they can reduce risk significantly by first eliminating the most impactful risks facing their organization. Below, I discuss the four critical steps of leading an economical and efficient information security program while following a risk-based approach.
Before COVID, cybersecurity was a concern for businesses everywhere. In fact, in Microsoft’s 2019 Global Risk Perception Survey, 57 percent of companies ranked cybersecurity as a higher risk than economic uncertainty and brand reputation or damage. Looking ahead, what does all of this mean for the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)? Not only is it more important than ever before, but the role has shifted since the start of COVID.
Druva, Inc. announced the appointment of Andrew Daniels as the company’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Daniels will be responsible for enhancing and scaling out Druva’s security operations, incident response and global IT infrastructure.
United Community Bank has announced the addition of Bob Brown as Chief Information Security Officer. Bob, who has more than two decades of experience managing business technologies, will now work closely with the bank’s executive team to monitor risk and implement security processes to help minimize threats.
The presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden announced that it had filled the positions of chief information security officer (CISO) and chief technology officer (CTO) in order to address potential cybersecurity threats to the campaign.