Security is everybody’s business
As a security leader, it’s not enough to just identify and mitigate risk across the organization. You’ve also got to support the business while doing it. That’s proving to be a major challenge as working cultures rapidly evolve and change the threat landscape. Today, old school security methods aren’t refined enough to accommodate the nuances of open, constant, cloud-fuelled collaboration.
Simply locking user access down and enforcing centrally-defined rules isn’t really an option anymore. At best, you’d be hindering employees. At worst, you’d be impeding the organization’s competitive posture and creating a combative relationship between security and the rest of the business.
Today’s best CISOs (and their teams) do the opposite—their security initiatives both protect the company and actively support business-wide objectives, culture and revenue drivers. To become one of them, you need to switch roles—from gatekeeper to business enabler. And that starts by thinking less in terms of control and more in terms of empathy.
Because here’s the secret: your security initiatives get stronger when they’re reciprocal, collaborative and participatory. The measures and controls themselves get stronger because they’re tailored to the differing risks and priorities of teams around the business. And they’re more consistently adopted and supported by employees because security is viewed as an enabler of goals—buy-in is incentivized rather than mandated.
Now lets cover how to create more empathetic, popular—and crucially, effective—security initiatives, and some of the great things that happen with everyone’s buy-in.
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