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Leading Your Business To Cybersecurity Best-Practices

Cybersecurity has become a critical issue for organizations of all sizes and industries. The increasing use of technology and the internet has created numerous opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities and steal sensitive information. As a result, executives need to understand cybersecurity and take proactive measures to protect their organizations against cyber threats.


Here are some of the key reasons why executives need to understand and be accountable for their cybersecurity:

1.      Protecting your organization’s reputation: Cybersecurity incidents can result in significant damage to an organization’s reputation. For example, a data breach that exposes sensitive information can lead to a loss of customer trust and damage the organization’s reputation. Executives need to understand the importance of cybersecurity and take steps to protect the organization’s reputation.

2.      Compliance with regulations: Many industries are subject to regulations that require organizations to protect sensitive information and report data breaches. For example, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the United States require organizations to take specific steps to protect sensitive information. Executives need to understand these regulations and ensure that their organizations are in compliance.

3.      Protecting your organization’s assets: Cybersecurity incidents can result in the theft of valuable assets, such as intellectual property and sensitive information. Executives need to understand the risks and take steps to protect the organization’s assets, including implementing cybersecurity measures, training employees, and conducting regular security assessments.

4.      Protecting employees and customers: Cybersecurity incidents can result in the theft of sensitive information, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and login credentials. This information can be used for identity theft and other forms of financial fraud. Executives need to understand the importance of protecting sensitive information and take steps to prevent incidents that can harm employees and customers.

5.      Minimizing the cost of cybersecurity incidents: Cybersecurity incidents can result in significant costs, including the cost of investigations, legal fees, and damage to the organization’s reputation. Executives need to understand the costs associated with cybersecurity incidents and take steps to minimize these costs by investing in proactive measures, such as employee training and incident response planning.


To better understand cybersecurity, executives should take the following steps:

Stay informed: Executives should stay informed about cybersecurity trends, threats, and best practices. This can be done by reading industry publications, attending conferences, and participating in cybersecurity training programs.

Assess your organization’s cybersecurity posture: Executives should assess the organization’s cybersecurity posture by conducting regular security assessments and reviewing security policies and procedures. This will help executives understand the organization’s vulnerabilities and identify areas for improvement.

Engage with cybersecurity professionals: Executives should engage with experts in all facets of their business, including cybersecurity professionals, such as chief information security officers (CISOs) and security consultants, to gain a deeper understanding of the organization’s cybersecurity risks and needs.

Collaborate with other executives: Executives should collaborate with other executives, such as the chief financial officer (CFO), chief legal officer (CLO), and chief risk officer (CRO), to ensure that cybersecurity is integrated into the organization’s overall risk management strategy.

Invest in cybersecurity measures: Executives should invest in cybersecurity measures, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and employee training programs, to minimize the risk of cyber threats.

Ultimately, cybersecurity is a critical issue that affects organizations of all sizes and industries. Executives need to understand cybersecurity and take proactive measures to protect their organizations against cyber threats. By staying informed, assessing the organization’s cybersecurity posture, and taking targeted action will give your organization the fighting chance that it will need when you are struck with a technology crisis. 


Want to find out how you can get your organization aligned with cybersecurity best practices? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

The team at Valor Cybersecurity is pleased to offer our Cybersecurity Readiness Assessment for $599. As a bonus for taking our assessment, we will provide you with recommended guidance for better protecting your business and a 30-minute consultation with our team of experts!

Whether the Valor Team can help you now or in the future, we remain poised to support your business’ success and protection.

Authors: Greg Tomchick and Jeff White

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