Gartner Research

Top Tips for Communicating Security and Risk to Business Stakeholders

Published: 12 October 2017

ID: G00335144

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Wheatman

Summary

While security leaders have improved communication with business stakeholders, a gap still exists between what is said and what the business hears. The lack of communication skills continues to cost security and risk management leaders a voice in strategic planning and a seat at the executive table.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Tip No. 1: Learn to Speak the Language of the Business
  • Tip No. 2: Seek Out Business and Communication Training and Education
  • Tip No. 3: Recognize That Business Leaders Are Extremely Busy; Respect Their Time by Being Concise and Clear
  • Tip No. 4: Recognize That Business Stakeholders Will Not Always Express Their Concerns in Terms That Security and Risk Professionals Understand
  • Tip No. 5: Work With Business Stakeholders to Understand Their Risk Appetite as a Policy Element

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