The COVID crisis is presenting most organisations with unprecedented situations, but it does not make cyber security less of a priority. On the contrary, cyber security – whether it is in support of remote working, e-commerce or digitalised supply chains – will be a pillar of the “new normal”. Now is the time to deal with it strategically, and from the top down.
For any organisation above a certain size, effective and efficient protection can only result from the layered application of protective measures at people, process and technology level. And in that order.
In many firms, the equation between Governance, Risk and Compliance around cyber security is becoming heavily weighted towards the G, and GRC functions must adjust as a result, both in terms of internal structures and in terms of interactions with other stakeholders.
Why are so many organisations and security professionals still worried about the reporting line of the CISO? This is one of the oldest and most consistent debate agitating the security industry, and it looks far from resolved. It has been polluted for decades by arbitrary and simplistic views on “separation of duties” and alleged “conflicts of interest”. But those views often come from sectors of the corporate spectrum with a fairly theoretical idea on how an organisation should operate, and rarely reflect the reality of how large organisations function.
There seems to be confusion in corporate America about whether or not to delete data. On one hand, there are legal departments that advise keeping everything forever, and on the other are those that recommend deleting everything as a matter of policy as soon as possible — whacking away at files and folders on your file servers like a drunk landscaper whirling a weed whacker around your yard. Meanwhile, IT is stuck in the middle trying to develop and engineer systems to enforce ever-changing data retention policies.
New Book and Must-Read from JC Gaillard > How to Transform Cyber Security > This is a compilation of the best cyber security management, organisation and governance articles published on the Corix Partners blog between 2015 and 2017. They offer a truly alternative view on how to organise and manage security in large firms, inspired by the direct field experience of their author JC Gaillard, former CISO and leading consultant and expert on the topic. 35 easy to read, bitesize articles which cover all key managerial aspects around information security, from the reporting line of the CISO to the role of the Board, and how to make it work in real life.