Identity titan Okta has awarded $1.02 million in grants to groups focused on linking nonprofits with the talent needed to configure and manage security technology. Nonprofits have limited access to infrastructure and human capital to address their cybersecurity needs, and Okta hopes to change that.
Beyond advising the seniormost levels of the business in the strategic use of technology, the need to recruit new cybersecurity professionals often also tops the list of tasks facing today's security leaders, says Rob Hornbuckle, CISO of Allegiant Air.
The UK Cyber Security Council is responsible for running the cybersecurity industry’s Cyber Certified Professional scheme. The council seeks to set the standard for chartered cybersecurity professionals and align with qualifications and certifications in the sector, says council CEO Simon Hepburn.
The gap between cybersecurity workforce demand and the number of skilled workers available to fill those jobs widened during the pandemic. So organizations need to take a multi-pronged approach to attract, reskill and retain employees, says Vishal Salvi, CISO and head of cyber practice at Infosys.
Emerging cybersecurity guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is helping to make boards of directors more informed and more eager to discuss cyber risks and how to mitigate them, says John McClure, CISO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Humana Business Information Security Officer Ankit Patel says the doctors, physician assistants and leaders that he deals with on a daily basis are laser-focused on providing care to patients and consider technology and security only as it relates to providing patient care.
It was the ultimate challenge: Build a cybersecurity program from scratch. Three years later, Jeff Farinich, CISO of New American Funding, talks about the transformation, aligning security with business needs and helping raise the bar on the enterprise's security maturity.
Effective security and risk programs require not just domain mastery but making security accessible to boards of directors and senior officers, says Karin Höne, the group chief information security and risk officer of South Africa-based multinational Barloworld.
Rich Lindberg, CISO of JAMS, didn't set out to have a career in cybersecurity. Instead, he sought to make a living at what he enjoyed - programming. "I embraced fun," he says. Now he wants to help others do the same by growing the diversity of the industry workforce.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report investigates the reboot of ransomware group Conti, which supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It also discusses why paying ransomware actors is a "business decision" and how to respond to the talent shortage in the financial sector.
CISO Patricia "Patti" Titus says the cybersecurity sector is "still struggling" with the diversity and inclusion it requires. "The things we do really impact all of our end users, employees and customers," she says, so you need "the broadest skill set possible when you're making decisions."
CTO Daniele Catteddu of the Cloud Security Alliance sees significant gaps in how the cybersecurity industry delivers education and training. For example, he says, while organizations are demanding Zero Trust services and guidance on implementation, the industry's offerings do not meet that demand.
The overlying problem in cybersecurity is scale and the complexity that comes from that scale, says Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. He says we need to simplify how we defend ourselves and "give individuals and companies products that meet them where they are."
Crum & Forster CISO Chris Holden says it's critical to see cybersecurity as a business enabler rather than a business inhibitor. He is taking on the perception that security is the "Department of No" and works hard to change the culture at his company.