In a post-pandemic world of rising cyber-attacks, the CISO offers the all-important leadership of defense protocols, with security being a critical element of company operations and digital transformation. Hence, enterprises need to empower their CISO by providing them with all the resources and support required to keep the network secure.
CISOs faced a number of problems as a result of the transition to remote working during the pandemic, including a lack of control due to the widespread use of remote devices and keeping these devices up to date. To address these issues, companies must empower their CISOs by providing them with the tools and resources they need to keep the network secure.
Here are some of the ways that businesses can Empower their CISOs succeed in their critical position.
Make sure to have adequate resources
According to a recent study from Bloomberg Intelligence (BI), global cybersecurity spending could hit $200 billion per year by 2024, demonstrating the value of security in the IT budget. This, along with the proper number and ability levels of employees, would be critical for CISOs in the future.
It’s crucial that CISOs have enough budget and resources to keep up to date on external threats, protection technologies/services, and best practices while developing and evolving company processes (training) and protecting internal hardware, networks, software, and services. The better-prepared opportunities for market advantage come from competitive and peer reactions, or lack thereof, to risks that could affect product efficiency or consumer experience.
The most important thing is to assure the CISO’s IT security budget. Although there are many factors to weigh when allocating limited budget dollars, funding the CISO’s IT security goals sends a strong message to the rest of the organization about its criticality being taken seriously.
Identify security principles
It’s critical that the CISO and the rest of the organization are on the same page, which is difficult to do without a solid set of holistic security principles in place.
For example, visibility is an important aspect of security. In an on-premises setting, the entire infrastructure is controlled by the administrator via a single trusted domain. The infrastructure can be distributed through various locations and providers in public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. Visibility can be more difficult to achieve in these cases, but it is still critical. CISOs can gain the information they need to understand where vulnerabilities are by using tools that provide visibility across all infrastructure environments.
A risk-based strategy
As a result of the pandemic, new remote working environments have emerged, increasing the attack surface and necessitating increased network visibility for the CISO. Before informing the board about what is being achieved and how to minimize and fix the vulnerabilities, CISOs must be informed of them and be able to accurately list them. Thereafter, CISOs can evaluate distributed risk through the expanded enterprise using a risk-based approach, and describe this in the boardroom in the same business language as other functions use so that everybody understands and evaluates any controls that need to be introduced to manage the risk effectively and cost-efficiently.
Another way to inspire the CISO is to promote interaction with the company’s customers, allowing them to share their knowledge with the outside world.
When speaking with potential clients, CISOs can provide a degree of expertise and confidence that comes with being removed from any form of sales function. Customers always inquire about how a vendor keeps them secure, and by extension, how they keep their own business safe. These questions, which can often make or break a contract, are best answered by CISOs.