"Maximizing Cybersecurity: The GC's Role in Ensuring True View of Cyber Risk"

A strong and effective relationship between the general counsel (GC) and the chief information security officer (CISO) is crucial in ensuring data security. While firewalls and other technologies are often considered the first line of defense, the importance of a productive GC-CISO partnership is sometimes overlooked. This relationship can facilitate quick and efficient handling of cyber incidents and prevent subtle pressures to present a potentially inaccurate perspective to the board of directors. The GC brings a holistic view of the organization, including its values, culture, and priorities, which the CISO may lack. On the other hand, the CISO can help the GC understand technical aspects of cyber risk. Together, they can develop a cybersecurity strategy that aligns with the organization's risk appetite and priorities. According to Anthony J. Ferrante, a senior managing director and global head of cybersecurity at FTI Consulting, cybersecurity should be viewed as risk management, and the GC should spearhead efforts in addressing risk.

The GC and CISO can also discuss incident response plans, including who should be involved, what steps to take, and how to communicate with stakeholders. They can also address employee training and awareness programs, as well as third-party vendor management. By having layered conversations that go beyond technical aspects, the GC and CISO can develop a comprehensive cybersecurity plan that protects the organization from various threats and aligns with its overall goals.

In addition, the GC can work with the CISO to ensure that cybersecurity is integrated into the overall business strategy and decision-making processes. This includes conducting regular risk assessments, developing incident response plans, and ensuring that all employees are trained on cybersecurity best practices.

The GC can also play a role in ensuring that the company complies with relevant laws and regulations related to cybersecurity, such as data privacy laws and industry-specific regulations.

Overall, the GC can be a key player in building a strong cybersecurity program within the organization by fostering a culture of transparency, involving stakeholders throughout the organization, integrating cybersecurity into business strategy, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

es, the message also highlights the importance of building a culture of transparency within the organization to encourage open communication and collaboration between stakeholders. The GC can play a role in ensuring regular check-ins and breaking down fiefdoms that can increase risk. This culture of transparency should extend to the board and upper management, and the GC and CISO can work together to provide realistic context about the cyber risks the company faces.
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طلحة عبد الكريم
By : طلحة عبد الكريم
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