CIO Agenda 2019: Take a Hard and Soft Approach to Cybersecurity

April 29, 2019

Contributor: Christy Pettey

Develop a comprehensive strategic vision for dealing with new cybersecurity threats.

Ninety-five percent of CIOs expect cybersecurity threats to increase and impact their organizations.

In most organizations, the CIO is accountable for cybersecurity. But the IT organization alone can’t provide it. The frequency of social engineering attacks (such as phishing) require broader behavioral and cultural change.

Top-performing CIOs counter threats using a combination of hard and soft measures like education to influence the people who use technology and for executive awareness building.

Focus areas for cyberrisk mitigation efforts

The ultimate purpose of a cybersecurity strategy is to establish and maintain the enterprise and its people, partners, services and things as trustworthy, resilient participants in the digital economy. Ensure cybersecurity programs become digital business enablers, rather than obstacles to innovation.

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