Table Stakes for Cybersecurity: Patch and Patch Again

Dateline: December 22, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Keeping with our focus on cybersecurity, this week we look at the very basic issue of keeping our systems secure.  We trust our tech leaders to do what is needed, but more often than not, it’s the basic blocking and tackling that gets skipped and opens our organizations up to … [Read more...]

Dividing Cybersecurity Between Your Platform and Your People

Dateline: December 15, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. It’s becoming increasingly clear that technology alone will not provide the level of cyber resilience needed by our organizations (and by each of us individually).  Instead, leaders in our organizations increasingly need solutions that combine technology with human behavior.  … [Read more...]

More Training Is Not The Answer for Cybersecurity

Dateline: December 8, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Making our companies more cyber secure is a critical goal these days.  Since we know that employees are often the weakest link to a cybersecurity plan (in fact IBM estimates that 60% of all attacks are from the inside), managers often believe that more training is the answer. … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Moonshot

Dateline: November 24, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Recently the CEO of Palo Alto Networks made a bold call to action for cybersecurity.  Channeling President John F. Kennedy's vision for reaching the Moon in the 1960's, CEO Mark McLaughlin called for for a cybersecurity moonshot in his keynote address to the US Federal Ignite … [Read more...]

CFO Perspective: Undervaluing Cybersecurity

Dateline: November 17, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. For the past couple of blogs, we have been focused on the CFO's role in cybersecurity.   In this week's Friday WRAP, we share an article from CFO.com which published an opinion piece about viewing cybersecurity as a valuation issue.  The article, Why Cybersecurity is … [Read more...]

CFO’s Role in Cybersecurity- Part 1

Dateline: November 3, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. In a few weeks, I'll be moderating a session on cybersecurity at the MIT CFO Summit.  This prompted me to dig deeper into the CFO angle of cybersecurity.  What does a CFO need to know and Is there a specific CFO role in cybersecurity (other than that of every employee--to be a … [Read more...]

Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity

Dateline: October 27, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The complexity of being cyber-resiliant can be overwhelming.  Knowing what to do, and how much is enough is difficult to figure out for almost everyone.  Recently author Michael Lewis, the CIO at Copper State published an opinion piece at Information Management about a … [Read more...]

Boards Are Interested in Cybersecurity Too

Dateline: September 29, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. With all the media attention focused on recent cyber events, it's no wonder our Boards are getting involved.  Certainly a catastrophic event such as Equifax experienced recently shows Board leaders that a large vulnerability might exist in their company.  Making sure these … [Read more...]

Reducing Cybersecurity Threats From Ex-Employees

Dateline: August 4, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Most cybersecurity breaches are aided by insiders...either intentionally or unintentionally.  But a recent study showed that ex-employees may also be a threat, but this one is more easily managed with the right processes in place.  According to Bob Violino, a free-lance writer … [Read more...]

The Business Mindset of Cyber-Criminals

Dateline: July 21, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Cyber-criminals are organized, smart and well-funded.  If we think of cyber attacks as the 'service' of a 'well-organized business' then we can come up with strategies to 'compete' against it.  By compete, we mean become more cyber-resilient, not go into the cyber-crime business, … [Read more...]