Boards Learning to Prioritize Security, But Can Do More with the Help of a Common Language
A recent study by Osterman Research showed that the proportion of board members who consider cyber risk to be a “high” priority issue has grown from seven percent in 2014 to 30 percent today. This percentage is expected to climb to 44 percent by 2018. Jeff Welgan, Head of Executive Training Programs at N2K, spoke to Dark Reading’s Kelly Sheridan about how the ramifications of the Target breach have awakened boards of directors to their roles and responsibilities in protecting their organizations from cyber risk.
As boards become more involved in security issues, the communication between boards of directors and IT/security teams must improve. In too many cases, there is not a common language between the security leaders and the board. The board needs to understand cybersecurity as an enterprise risk while security leaders need to learn how to talk about security needs and challenges in business terms that will resonate in the boardroom.