Traits Every Digital Security Pro Should Have

Traits Every Digital Security Pro Should Have

Traits Every Digital Security Pro Should HaveTraits Every Digital Security Pro Should Have

Digital CISOs have a new set of responsibilities that require them to make considerable changes in how they go about securing the business.

Be Forward-Looking: Understand the New Threat LandscapeBe Forward-Looking: Understand the New Threat Landscape

Digital enterprises today are not sufficiently protected from cyber-attacks. CISOs need to address a whole range of attacks and threats.

Be Strategic: Build a Zone of TrustBe Strategic: Build a Zone of Trust

CISOs need to assure customers that communications are actually coming from their company and not a brand imposter. Create a zone of trust in which customers can be certain that any link they click and any correspondence they respond to returns to your company.

Be Comprehensive: Look Beyond Your PerimeterBe Comprehensive: Look Beyond Your Perimeter

IT security leaders should look far beyond their immediate perimeter to a far-out, event horizon where off-the-radar threats, like infrastructure holes and malware, may threaten their security.

Be Vigilant: Patrol Your Online IdentityBe Vigilant: Patrol Your Online Identity

Aggressively mitigate and clean up your brand name online. Result: Attackers won’t see you as quite so vulnerable, you’ll become a less lucrative target, and then, hopefully, you’ll fall off your attackers’ radars.

Be Meticulous: Teach Basic Best PracticesBe Meticulous: Teach Basic Best Practices

Every major epidemic begins with a “patient zero.” It’s no different with cyber-security; even sprawling attacks originate from a single, compromised point-of-entry—often through a phishing email or rogue mobile app.

The Power of No: Say ‘Don't’The Power of No: Say ‘Don’t’

If you educate your team in the power of “don’t”—don’t click unfamiliar links, don’t download documents and don’t respond to communications you don’t recognize—your employees will be less likely to cause a headline-grabbing breach.

Be Prepared: Maintain a Clearly Defined List of GoalsBe Prepared: Maintain a Clearly Defined List of Goals

Even though cyber-preparedness is now a board-level issue, most CISOs have little day-to-day access to the executive committee. They report to the CIO or CFO and often function as a service organization instead of a strategic one. Yet they are held accountable by the executive team when something goes wrong.

Be Ready to AnswerBe Ready to Answer

To meet lofty board and C-suite expectations, be ready when the braintrust of your organization comes looking for answers. That means having an expanded agenda, innovative ideas and a list of goals.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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