Cyber Security for the Board Room and the C-Suite: Protecting Your Organization

Seems like we can’t go but a week or two without hearing about or reading on the front page of the newspaper that another major company or CySec-PulseImg-v2government organization has been hacked.

Significant losses and reputational harm occur for companies with major breaches and, all too often, senior executives are being fired for not having taken the appropriate steps to properly protect the organization. Losses on a worldwide basis from hacks are estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars. And if that is not bad enough, there is a lack of talent to begin to address the problem. A quote from Network World estimates that, by next year there will be a worldwide shortage of 2 million cyber security professionals.[1]

While there are no “magic bullets”, the implementation of a comprehensive Cyber Security Risk Management Process should be demanded by Boards of Directors, with CEOs being personally involved in making key risk-based decisions regarding the proper level and type of cyber security protection.  There is no perfect security, but organizations can go a long way to minimizing the likelihood of a breach and the extent of damage in cases of a breach.

  • But how do CEOs and Boards ensure they are doing the right thing?
  • What should be done and how much is enough?
  • What does it really mean to have an effective Cyber Security Risk Management Process in place?

As former CIO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, experienced board member, and now CEO of Learning Tree, I leveraged my experiences and collaborated with Greg Adams, a cyber security expert and Chief Strategy Officer of Learning Tree, to create a half-day course to help answer those questions for the C-Suite and Boards of Directors. This course not only provides executives an understanding of their responsibilities, but also provides them practical tools that can be used to help implement an effective Cyber Security Risk Management Process, or to evaluate the maturity of an organization’s existing Process.  And while dealing with a highly technical subject, this course is oriented for non-technical executives that still must deal with and make key decisions regarding the largest threat most organizations face today – a massive cyber security breach.

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Learning Tree is also offering a suite of executive-level Cyber Security resources to help members of the C-Suite and board members direct their organizations to a proactive Cyber Security posture. >

http://info.learningtree.com/cyber-security-exec

 

[1] http://www.networkworld.com/article/3016593/security/creating-a-cybersecurity-center-of-excellence.html

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