The Role of A CISO in Building a Modern Cybersecurity Culture

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The past couple of years have witnessed an increased utilization and reliance on digital technologies. With in-person interaction no longer an option, organizations were left with no choice but to wrap up the digital transformation initiatives they had stalled for years. While the rapid adoption of digital platforms enabled organizations to save their businesses, it came at the cost of compromising security, for which many had to suffer.

Cyber-attacks have surged at an unprecedented rate. In fact, as per a 2022 report from SonicWall titled “2022 Sonicwall Cyber Threat Report”, ransomware attacks surged to 105 % in 2021. Additionally, organizations are paying US $ 4.24 million for every security breach, as per “Cost of Data Breach Report 2021” from IBM.

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To deal with these challenges, CISOs should build a cybersecurity culture and devise strategies to safeguard against the evolving attacks. They should take ownership of defining these initiatives. Instead of only acting as a firewall for data, they should actively try to mitigate security incidents and concentrate their efforts on business continuity protocols that include disaster recovery and enhancing the overall cybersecurity culture.

Here are a few strategies CISOs should adopt to build a modern cybersecurity culture:

Frequently collaborate with Business Executives

With the surge in cybersecurity threats, CISOs should partner with internal and external security providers or organizations. This will help the CISOs to strengthen their cybersecurity infrastructure as well as their partner’s in the process. A good collaboration between a CISO and the rest of the organization enhances the effectiveness of the security.

CISOs should also educate and engage various stakeholders in IT leadership. They should have a designated body of security experts who attend these meetings. In addition, to reach their respective goals, CISO and business partners should have a unified set of goals in place.

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Have a secure development lifecycle

Building a sustainable cybersecurity culture requires organizations to have a secure development lifecycle (SDL) in place. It enables CISOs to answer the how of a security culture. Organizations that do not have an SDL in place often have it living within a product security office.

Since SDL stands between engineering and provides centralized resources to deploy the pieces of security culture, CISOs should think carefully before investing in one.

Construct security in a way that is fun and engaging

Often employees’ organizations associate security which is crucial but has a tedious aspect related to it. This results in many employees saying no to security activities or not engaging enough to understand security initiatives.

To strengthen a cybersecurity culture, CISOs should establish fun and engaging activities in all the process parts. They should provide specific security training and ensure that it is not a boring voice-over PowerPoint presentation. Instead, it delights people and makes them curious to know more about the impact of cybersecurity.

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