The ability to identify, manage and respond to an incident is the ultimate goal of information security. Because today, it is not a matter of “if we get breached” but rather “when we get breached”.
Building the necessary resilience relies on more than just great technology. The success of any information security management system (ISMS) depends on effective collaboration between people, processes and technology .
IT departments are not solely responsible for driving successful cyber security…
How can you get employees to acknowledge and act on cybersecurity?
Executive Management’s commitment is key to driving successful cyber security. They can get people on board to use resources in line with company protocol. As leaders within the company, these individuals are able to both enforce the importance of cybersecurity and lead by example.
Executives should set the directive for business and information security strategy and empower the people to drive and execute frameworks, policies, standards and operational procedures. They should be setting the tone for active and full participation, as well as providing oversight of the implementation process.
Why is Management’s Commitment so important in cyber security?
Board involvement was in the top ten mitigating cost factors of a breach – saving businesses around $280k AUD this period.
Executive management approval is the key to driving success.
When a cybersecurity plan is championed in this way from its origins it is less likely to be met with resistance and therefore more successful in the long run. When management figures endeavour to take ownership of the organisation’s ISMS framework, they can ensure that the following elements are well-received:
- The protection of the organisation’s key assets;
- The protection of these assets with a risk-based approach; and
- A paradigm shift in security awareness culture.
Executive support can lead to enhanced resources.
Getting management buy-in is so beneficial because it not only assists in creating cybersecurity culture, it also assists in funding support and defence resourcing. When the C-suite understands that security is an organisational issue and further, sees a positive return from a redefined security posture, they are more likely to take ownership and provide more financial support towards further strategic investments. In turn, this leads to more success in cyber security frameworks.
C-suite figures often fall victim to cybercriminals themselves.
Education and communication from management is a must.
Cooperation between security professionals and company executives can improve an organisation’s response to breaches and other in IS incidents. This collaboration can shift a company’s collective mindset and in turn boost their security posture.
So really, the key to driving successful cyber security is much more than just executive governance or a dedicated IT department. It is a dynamic collaboration of all individuals across an organisation.