Rapid advancements in technology resulting in our entire modern way of life comes with attendant issues and risks, such as cybercrime. No single entity – whether they be nations, corporations or individuals – is immune. Egon Zehnder works with organizations across industries and geographies to navigate this important and rapidly changing space and helps them address their corresponding leadership challenges.
Egon Zehnder consultant Kal Bittianda speaks to Palo Alto Networks on best practices for appealing to and retaining candidates for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles. This video is a part of the Executive Cyber Thought Leadership series powered by Palo Alto Networks and was originally produced for SecurityRoundtable.org.
Palo Alto Networks® and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) have recently published the book “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers” to provide boards, executives and officers at enterprises, government agencies and other organizations with practical, expert advice on how to best protect them from cyber attacks. Egon Zehnder CISO experts Kal Bittianda, Selena Loh LaCroix and Chris Patrick contributed to the book with the chapter "Evaluating and attracting your next CISO: More sophisticated approaches for a more sophisticated role”.
With the ongoing drumbeat of security breaches at corporations and other institutions, it shouldn’t be surprising that the job of chief information security officer is considered one of the toughest slots on the organizational chart.
The combination of data ubiquity, decentralized control and sophisticated new underworld actors presents organizations with a perfect storm to be confronted by their information security leadership. Recently, the Egon Zehnder Cybersecurity Practice brought together ten executives on the front lines of these challenges — chief information officers, chief legal officers and leaders of global security consulting firms — to discuss their experiences.
In February 2015, President Obama, speaking at a White House Summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, declared that the Internet has become a sort of Wild West, where private corporations are prime targets of hackers and cyber criminals. Egon Zehnder recently hosted a cybersecurity dinner in Dallas for cross-industry executives in the DFW Metroplex to discuss the challenges of preparing and responding to cyber threats in an increasingly dangerous environment. Egon Zehnder invited executives who would act as first responders in the event of an attack: general counsels, chief information security officers, heads of corporate communications and chief information officers.
With cyber-attacks on the rise, boards are starting to monitor cyber-security risks more closely. “As board members retire and roll off, they are replaced with new board members with more sophistication and deeper risk-management skill sets and experience,” notes Egon Zehnder consultant Lisa Zonino.