The Five Things Your CISO Is Probably Stressing Over, and How You Can Help

Posted by The Neocol Team on Aug 21, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Your Chief Information Security Officer in your company frequently has a thankless job of having to make sure your information assets and technology get thoroughly protected. As a result, the list of things that they worry about daily is longer than you probably know. Nevertheless, proper communication between you and your CISO is mandatory so you're all on the same page about what the threats are to your business.

With so many companies now facing major overhauls and issues due to security breaches, what can you do to understand the role of your CISO? It's time you examined the five things your CISO is probably stressing over and how you can help make their jobs easier. Once you understand each other, you can finally come to realize that all companies are vulnerable to mishaps and threats. Fortunately, you have solutions available that aren't overly complicated.

The Five Things Your CISO Is Probably Stressing Over, and How You Can Help

1. Juggling Cybersecurity

Worry about someone breaching your network, resources or losing sensitive data is the stuff of nightmares for your CISO. Their entire career depends on how well they maintain cybersecurity and how it connects to every department.

Both you and your CISO need to meet often about cybersecurity and understand how far-reaching the process is. You can understand your CISO by realizing that cybersecurity needs attention in all departments and not just in some.

2. Explaining Things in Ways Company Employees Understand

Considering your CISO works with technology every day, they probably use plenty of technical language with their peers. It's close to a foreign language where some know how to speak it fluently and others don't.

One of your CISO's basic worries is likely trying to explain security issues in a way that you and your employees understand. In this regard, it helps to work with your CISO and help them try to communicate in more laymen terms so you can all work together without confusion.

This can happen with meetings that list other breaches in other companies to see what happened and how it gets solved.

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3. Accepting the Reality That Breaches Are Already Happening

A company can't blissfully assume they're automatically immune to a security breach. Some small businesses think they're not vulnerable just because big companies get all the publicity about cyber attacks.

Recent reports show that three out of every five cyber attacks occur in small to midsize businesses. Your CISO likely knows this, though probably stresses over whether you really understand this new reality.

It's best if you get yourself educated on security problems occurring worldwide and discuss it often with your CISO privately or in public meetings.

4. The Costs of Data Breaches

How much money your company loses as the result of data breaches no doubt keeps your CISO up at night about the impact. With their reputation and job on the line, just this alone would be enough to stress you out for an entire day.

When you work together, you need to figure the cost of risk versus what you'd pay for solutions. By doing so, you get a full understanding that an investment in new security technology has the potential for a significant ROI down the road.

5. Training Everyone for More Awareness

Proper security in a company also means everyone working there having awareness of security threats. While technology helps protect your data, employees being cognizant of what the latest threats are and what to look for is an essential task, if also a major headache for your CISO.

Work with your CISO on a training program that brings awareness to all employees so they don't work blissfully unaware. Many threats (like phishing scams in emails) use sneakier tactics your employees need to scope out.

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Topics: CISO