CEOs are responsible for overseeing all aspects of an organization – including technology. Non-technical CEOs hire technology leader(s) or/and technology firms to ensure that their organization’s technology, a key business enabler, is secure and available.
Now a days cybersecurity is the greatest threat faced by all organizations. As data has become the most prized possession of an Organization, it makes sense that every organization is concerned with the exposure or unavailability of this data. Because technology is paramount for so many business operations, the organization needs to ensure that the technical solutions and services put in place remain up-and-running. Any degradation in performance or unexpected failures can have significant impacts across the business. The organization needs to make sure that its systems, and the data and information they process, remain secure from cyber-attacks and incidents.
Following are recommended top priorities for a CEO to consider to achieve company’s cyber resilience:
- Creating a cyber secure work environment and culture through training on cyber hygiene including C-Suite and Board.
- Security should be prioritized in technology delivery meaning integrating security into the development lifecycle.
- Making sure that any technology enablement is properly safeguarded from cyber incidents, as well as planning and advocating for incident response best practices.
Cybersecurity should never be an afterthought but rather a cultural imperative for an organization. Companies’ top leadership including each member of the C-Suite needs to know what data the company has, how data is processed and protected, and have a clear understanding of each leader’s role in safeguarding that data.