Mimecast – CISO Neil Clauson on Articulating Cyber Risk to the C-Suite
In this insightful episode of Tech Talks Daily, Neil Clauson, Regional CISO at Mimecast, joins us to shed light on a subject that has now found a permanent place in boardroom agendas worldwide: cyber risk. The World Economic Forum’s 2023 Global Risks Report has highlighted cyber risk as a top concern for global leaders, echoing the urgent need for board-level understanding and action in this domain. But how do CISOs make the complex world of cybersecurity comprehensible to the C-Suite and the board? Neil Clauson offers a masterclass.
We explore the nuances of demystifying mid-to-long-term risks associated with cyber threats, urging the importance of language that resonates with the board. Gone are the days when technical jargon could dominate these high-level discussions. In today’s interconnected business landscape, it’s crucial that cyber risks are articulated in terms directly correlating with business outcomes. But it’s not just about communicating what could go wrong; it’s also about focusing on why it can go wrong. For instance, why does heavy reliance on a single security provider increase risk?
The episode explores Clauson’s recommendations for aligning cyber risk with the broader business landscape. By doing so, CISOs can move away from a crisis-response model to one that is integral to the business strategy, thereby elevating the cybersecurity discourse from a niche IT concern to a core business functionality.
Neil Clauson also imparts wisdom on how to frame cyber risk without inciting unnecessary panic. He suggests tactical approaches that allow the board to quantify these risks accurately, driving home the point that not every incident warrants a five-alarm fire.
Finally, we delve into the evolving role of the CISO, emphasizing the need for a sense of humor, preparedness, and proactive risk management strategies that go beyond mere compliance to embed cybersecurity into the very fabric of the business.
This episode is a must-listen for CISOs grappling with the challenge of making cybersecurity a board-level priority and for board members looking to gain a nuanced understanding of this multifaceted risk landscape.