Zyston Principal Jonathan Steenland in Security Technology Executive – “From Technology Function to Core Business Asset: The Elevated Role of Today’s CISO”

Below is an excerpt of an article written by Zyston Principal Jonathan Steenland published in the July/August 2018 edition of Security Technology Executive.

Given the ever-changing nature of today’s threat landscape, the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can now be considered one of the most critical inside any organization. Whether CEOs and Boards – or even CISOs – recognize it as that is another thing. Regardless, it’s time to face the truth of the matter – gone are the days of information security being viewed as only a technical function within an organization.

Recent events have proven that without proper cybersecurity measures in place, a company can be seriously compromised – both financially and reputationally to mention a couple. C-suites and Boards across the world are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to the realization that information and security can no longer be considered as simply an IT issue.

To take an accurate assessment of a company’s threat landscape, as well as manage its ongoing security posture, CISOs must have an expanded, active working relationship with both the CEO and the Board. Therefore, it’s important that modern CISOs be strong leaders and confident communicators that can clearly identify, convey and intelligently discuss business issues that bring upon security challenges (versus simply the status quo of simply talking technology and various product fixes).

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