In 2016 hardly a week passed without news of a data breach or cyberattack. It became clear that anyone could be a target, and companies both large and small found their data, assets and reputations at risk. In this climate of crisis it is no surprise that cybersecurity gained a new prominence. Needless to say, IT and other security professionals have been working tirelessly in this field for more than a decade; however, it is only in much more recent times that cybersecurity has been lifted from the trenches to the boardroom.
That C-suites and boards of directors are finally considering and even prioritizing security needs is, of course, a positive development. What is troubling are the communication gaps that often plague conversations between CISOs and their follow C-suite members.
In their recently released book, “Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now,” Paul Ferrillo and Christophe Veltsos offered valuable recommendations for CISOs who may be struggling to convey the severity or urgency of cyber risks. By explaining top threats and cyber risks in plain language, Ferrillo and Veltsos not only illustrate today’s perilous landscape, but also build a convincing case for why cybersecurity must be a key business priority.
In this exclusive podcast series, IBM Security’s Mitch Mayne sat down with Ferrillo and Veltsos to discuss what they consider some of the most important topics in their book. This opening episode includes an introduction to the authors and a look at why they decided to write “Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now.” Listeners will also discover:
- The difference (and occasional confluence) between threat actors and threat vectors;
- The role all employees (not just security specialists) play in preventing a cyberattack;
- How cognitive solutions will change the security landscape; and
- Which industries are most targeted by cybercriminals.