This morning the United Kingdom edition of free handbook “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Guide for Directors and Officers” launched. Part of a series of localised guides that began in the US – and includes Japan, Singapore, Australia and France with other markets to follow – this aims to provide the kind of digestible information senior level staff and board members struggle to access.
The guide comes via Palo Alto Networks in association with Forbes, but as Greg Day, VP and Chief Security Officer, EMEA from the company explained at a roundtable in London yesterday “I don’t want it to be [just] a Palo Alto book”. With contributions from PwC, Marks & Spencer, GCHQ and NATO, instead it strives to become a short, definitive actionable guide. We want this to be something that “every senior executive has on their shelf,” he said.
As security breaches surge in both intensity and publicity there has been an increasing emphasis placed on the changing role of CISO and growing need for information aimed a senior individuals who really don’t understand the technicalities. Interestingly, the (US) National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is currently in the process of launching an online training course aimed squarely at filling this gap and was conceived on the back of its own paid for US handbook.
It is very clear that there is a desperate need for simple information for individuals, who ultimately hold financial responsibility but remain bamboozled by the explanations of technical security staff. And so education in one form or another is likely to grow in popularity. When asked at yesterday’s roundtable Day said that these handbooks could potentially translate into physical training if a sensible way of delivering it arose.
The current security situation can’t continue as it is. This means more formalised role for CISOs – to translate complicated information to board members – along with decent guides and training for those individuals at the top is likely to be the first step to change things.
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