IDG Contributor Network: How CISOs should address their boards about security

There are two times you might have to talk to your organization’s board of directors about security: before a breach and after. Be sure you’ve had the former before you need to have the latter.

The board of directors, whose duty it is to run the company in the long-term interest of the owners, needs to know you’ve taken prudent steps to protect the organization’s digital assets. That should mean the board wants to talk with you, the CISO, to learn firsthand what your department is doing to mitigate information security threats.

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Board members want a high-level picture of the threat landscape and a checklist of the measures you’ve taken and policies you’ve adopted to protect the organization. Your job is to provide the board with perspective and not necessarily details. A scorecard or checklist can be an effective visual and a good starting point for a discussion of the organization’s security measures. It lets you provide a high-level overview, and it gives you a road map for diving into details if the board asks for more information.

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