We’re 90% Confident We’ve Lost All Confidence

I don’t think we’re doing enough to protect ourselves against cyberattacks and I’m also pretty sure we’re clueless as to what our third party vendors are doing.

This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson. Our sponsored guest is Stephen Boyer (@swboyer), co-founder and CTO, BitSight.

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On this week’s episode

There’s got to be a better way to handle this

How confident are your employees in your cybersecurity efforts? And how does employee confidence affect corporate security? Tip of the hat to Tor Swanson of Premier IT for posting this survey from Nulab. The survey found that employees felt that their company’s ability to secure digital data was a major to moderate problem. That percentage jumped up dramatically for companies with less than 100 employees. In addition, employees don’t feel they’re being heard with their cybersecurity concerns. For companies with less than 50 employees, 44 percent felt their employers were slightly or not at all responsive.

Perception is a huge part of successful cybersecurity. If you were to let these perceptions continue, how does it affect your overall security program?

Question for the board

Ross Young, CISO, Caterpillar Financial Services asked, “What are the cyber metrics that should be reported to the board each month or quarter? Is this standardized (example does the financial industry say we want these five metrics), and where would you go to see how you benchmark against the industry?”

I’ll skip to one important metric we’ve mentioned on this show multiple times and that’s “dwell time” or the time between an incident happening, discovering it, and then remediating it.

How do you go about finding benchmarks, and what other metrics tell a good story to the board so they can better wrap their heads around the security program’s effectiveness?

What’s Worse?!

Third party issues? We’ve got ’em.

Please, Enough. No, More.

Topic is third party risk management. What have we heard enough about third party risk management, and what would we like to hear a lot more?

Close your eyes and visualize the perfect engagement

We’re all getting bombarded with virtual events. Interested to know what virtual events have you attended that you’ve really enjoyed. Also, what virtual events are the most engaging where you find yourself NOT multi-tasking while watching.

Plus, what does a virtual event need to offer for you to take time out in your day to attend?

David Spark is the founder of CISO Series where he produces and co-hosts many of the shows. Spark is a veteran tech journalist having appeared in dozens of media outlets for almost three decades.