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The importance of getting your execs involved in cybersecurity

To build any cybersecurity program, you need buy-in at the highest levels. Your C-suite and the board of directors all need to be on board for a successful cyber-program initiative. But how do you get their attention?

The key to getting and keeping the attention of those at the highest levels is to provide just the right amount of information in a clear, concise, educational format that ties directly to the business objectives.

Before asking for funding for your program, it’s important you show your executives the risk to the organization of not providing the funding. What damage to reputation or brand will occur if the company’s name is in the headlines due to a data breach? The old adage, “all publicity is good publicity,” is no longer true in the era of hacking, malware, ransomware and other cybersecurity threats.

What happens in the hours, days and weeks after that news leak will set the stage for how the company will survive. Proper handling by your security team will set the tone for remediation, and proper handling of communications will set the tone for customers and consumers. But the most important handling is the support and response of your executive team.

Learn the responsibilities and accountabilities that are bestowed on the various staff levels before, during and after an event. Jail time is a large motivating factor for any staff member. With, or without the possibility of prison, having your personal name associated with a breach, is not considered a smart career move.

Strong executive support can mean the difference between your company not recovering at all or coming back stronger and more respected than ever. Learn more from our latest webinar, The Common Sense Approach to Cybersecurity.