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How your Boss can put a Dollar Sign on your Cyber Security Policy

by Chris vant Hof ‎06-12-2015 04:05 AM - edited ‎06-12-2015 05:05 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Chris van ‘t Hof of Tek Tok. These views are his own.

 

Perhaps you are one of the people who suspect hackers are knocking on the digital doors of your organization. You are probably right. But have you ever tried to convince your management team that your organization should spend more on cyber security measures? If you are a Chief Information Security Officer, you probably have to, even though it is the worst part of your job. If your organization has never been hacked, you have either done your job well, or just got lucky, but no one sees the need for improvements. Crying “cyber apocalypse is near” will only help for a while. Claiming they will just have to trust you on this one too. And in the event your organization finally is hacked, you are to blame it’s to late…

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When I first picked up the latest RAND research report, I did my 30 second scan of the table of contents and noticed a range of familiar topics: High cost of cyber security. Too much technology, not enough security. And, there's no silver bullet when it comes to security.

 

Nothing new here, or so I thought.

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When it comes to cybersecurity, the industry has always struggled to understand the complexities that influence the true cost of security risks to businesses. As a chief information security officer (CISO), I’m faced with these multifaceted dilemmas daily and, just like others in the industry, struggle to determine the best security investments to protect a company’s valuable assets. Realistically, how can I predict what the landscape will look like five or 10 years down the road, or even, a week from now?

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