Top 5 Practices of Successful CISOs

Posted by The Neocol Team on Aug 1, 2015 2:09:00 PM
Top 5 Practices of Successful CISOs

Data security is something that all businesses, regardless of their size, must focus on. Without security, consumers are at risk of being harmed due to the public's access to their information. This harm could come in the way of financial or even physical damage.

For this reason, a successful CISO must strive to protect that information from any who are looking to obtain it.

It is the goal of any CISO to have strategies in place that protect consumers' information. However, some CISOs are more successful with this protection than others. For businesses that are lacking in this department, consider adding these five best practices of successful CISOs to your daily routine.

1. Proper Training for Employees

CISOs will need to provide training that not only equips newly hired employees, but also keeps veteran employees informed of the precautions that are in place. This training should include education related to the company's privacy policy and best practices that help secure data. It is also best to send out information periodically to help remind employees of these practices. This can be in the form of emails, posters, newsletters or even special campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of privacy.

2. Plan Ahead

Although preventing a data breach, unstructured data loss, or the occurrence of otherwise malicious intrusions is the best way to protect privacy, it is also crucial for businesses to have a plan in place if ever a data breach does occur. One of the best examples of this type of preparation comes from the financial industry. If ever a data breach is found in the banking world, customers are immediately notified and replacement credit and debit cards are issued. This has allowed banks and other financial establishments to avoid costly refunds and charges that must be addressed. CISOs will need to develop plans that coincide with their particular industry and will help protect the company and the consumers in the instance of a data breach.

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3. Don't Solely Rely on IT

IT is an integral part of the security process. However, it is just as crucial that this department works alongside other departments to help build security. While IT will be responsible for building the systems to help with privacy, other departments will need to be involved to help test and implement processes. CISOs will need to be the driving force behind ensuring that every department of a company is involved with the security process.

4. Perform Security Tests

After a program has been built and is being implemented, it is essential that the program is tested. Tests should be completed to determine if the system is penetrable and whether there are any vulnerability issues that need to be addressed. These tests should be ones that are completed regularly as well. Doing so will allow businesses to determine if there are any updates that need to be made to existing systems. Successful CISOs understand the importance of testing and work to ensure that it is completed in a timely manner.

5. Review Vendors

The relationship between a CISO and vendors that a company has a relationship with is also crucial to protecting your unstructured data. While the company may have solid security measures in place, it is possible that vendors will bring issues to the table that need to be addressed. When security issues are created by vendors, the work that is being completed by the security team will become ineffective.

One of the main responsibilities of a successful CISO is to establish and maintain a strategy to help keep a company's technology and information safe. By implementing these practices, any CISO will be able to complete their job duties successfully. How are your current practices holding up? Click here to get a free risk assessment from a security specialist and find out. 

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