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Topics on Top of CISO's Minds April 2024

Peer Roundtable for Senior Security Leaders Executive Recap from 4/17/24

This is a summary of the Senior Security Leader cohort discussion during the Peer Roundtable on April 17, 2024. This executive summary captures the essence of the discussion, focusing on the major topics, challenges, and potential solutions discussed by the participants.

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Key Discussion Points

Security Culture

- Most of the participants highlighted the power of positive enablement culture.

- We have talked for ages about moving from NO to KNOW-HOW; this movement is still in progress.

- Sharing the benefits and positive stories significantly impacts the user base and the management.

- At some point, we took the “safety team position at the end of the line.” Now, thanks to cyber's business importance and increasing positive approach, we are moving ahead.

- Using “Snowball Dogs” as scapegoats or other joint and relatable enemies has excellent power.

- The next step is to build systems that give positive feedback to users when they do the right thing. This would help them conditionalize good behavior.

- The next level would be to use AI to give immediate feedback if people report real attacks. That would have a huge motivation boost effect. 

Artificial Intelligence

- Should it be used

- Using it for malicious purposes & defense purposes

- Biases it has

- How to handle sensitive information / PII

- It is used anyway, so how do we enable it?

- How can we better understand if vendors value providing AI instead of just labeling it? Here, the evidence-based conversation is beneficial.

Evidence-based Security

- How can we drive the Cyber Security implementation based on data instead of gut feeling?

- How to avoid liability/culpability (SolarWinds)

- How to integrate the Cyber Risk mgmt. With Enterprise Risk mgmt. And make it part of the normal ERM flow so the C-Level understands better.

Evidence-based Security

- We are still seen as a cost center in many organizations

- When establishing trust, having a positive enablement mindset and acknowledging what the C-level / their teams already are doing well will help.

- The standard view was to establish a good relationship with C-Level and discuss, e.g., around this framework:

Cyber Strategy framework


- We heard an extreme case of OT security, where the implementation times are very long and products are out of support when they are put into use.

- We agreed, though, that similar (not necessarily as extreme) cases exist in many other industries, such as Medical and Semiconductor.

Leveraging Outsights (what others know)

This peer roundtables was proven invaluable in fostering dialogue among senior security leaders, highlighting the importance of adaptability, collaboration, and strategic foresight in navigating the evolving cybersecurity landscape. You are encouraged to leverage the outsights gained in these discussions to enhance your insights into your organization's security posture and prepare for the challenges ahead.

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