Cybersecurity is Your Business
Too often, senior leaders relegate cybersecurity to their CIO or IT shop, thinking that it’s purely a technical matter that they could never hope to truly understand. But it’s NOT. That’s a misconception that costs U.S. businesses, non-profits, and government agencies hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Just look at today’s headlines if you need convincing…it’s clear that cybersecurity has become a critical part of the portfolio for C-Suite executives and board members (and their equivalents). And you ignore that at your peril.
What can you do about it? In our view—and we’ve advised lots of public and private sector leaders over the years, up to and including US presidents—you need to learn enough about cybersecurity to be dangerous…in other words, you need to know and understand the risks and vulnerabilities (especially the non-technical ones!) of lax cybersecurity, and in so doing, be able to ask your staff tough questions about what they’re doing to protect you. You also need to be able to understand their answers, and with that knowledge in hand, you need to be able to chart a cybersecurity strategy for your organization that minimizes. mitigates, and manages its cybersecurity risks.
Cybersecurity strategy is YOUR responsibility. It’s no different than what you would do for your organization’s supply chain, distribution system, IT systems, finances, or operations, and cybersecurity can impact all of them.
That’s where we come in.
At the risk of stating the obvious, cybercriminals are targeting your organization as we speak. Cybercriminals and cyber-spies target organizations’ employees to gain access and, once breached, a successful response demands input from multiple functional areas: operations, finance, legal, public relations, HR. Many organizations have no workable plan to respond to or recover from a cyberattack—known as cyber resiliency—a dangerous oversight that can exponentially increase the damage an attack could inflict upon the financial and reputational health of an organization.
As a senior leader, it’s your responsibility to do something about it. That’s where our executive education programs come in. Our program reviews some of the critical and ongoing threats facing organizations and best practices to significantly reduce the risks posed by those threats. Modules are non-technical, interactive discussions led by highly regarded thought-leaders from both the public and private sectors, and participants leave with actionable steps to immediately improve their organizational cyber posture and tools to build a more cyber resilient operation.