Have you ever "whitewashed" a real security risk?

Yes, on my own12%

Yes, because I was asked27%

No, but I have been asked19%

No, and never been asked41%


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Executive Architect in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Board Member, Advisor, Executive Coach in Software, Self-employed
My view is that we all need to be careful of the "coaching" we may get and understand if we are being coached on how to manage the message around risks to other so a productive discussion can occur or is someone "coaching" to massage the message to "white wash it" or "water it down" so it doesn't appear so bad ...  I have had both experiences
Board Member, Advisor, Executive Coach in Software, Self-employed
WOW - 76% have either white washed risk or have been asked to ...
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Director of Information Security in Energy and Utilities, 5,001 - 10,000 employees

I agree it seems very unrealistic. Most likely people didn't quite get the actual question of what it means to "whitewash". Im fairly certain its 76% who have done it to a degree where you needed to help close a security assessment/complete business deal.

Director of Product Management in Software, 10,001+ employees
How should you respond when asked to white-wash a security risk?  How does the CISO protect themselves from unfairly taking the blame and being held liable?  check out:  https://www.pulse.qa/post/how-respond-asked-to-white-wash-security-risk-how-ciso-protect-themselves-unfairly-taking-blame-being-held-liable
Director of Information Security in Energy and Utilities, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
this is a dangerous territory.  Make sure you check in with your self ethic dept.
Director of IT, Self-employed
CIO in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
CIO, Senior VP in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Never. If we are serious about security, there is no need to do this. It's about solving problems, not pointing fingers
Director in Software, 10,001+ employees
No, Never. When in doubt raise it to Corp InfoSec group for clarity
Director of IT in Manufacturing, Self-employed
Whitewashing anything is a huge no-no, especially security or safety items.

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