Addressing Critical Cyber Risks: A Board’s Responsibility

Source: https://hbr.org/2023/06/4-areas-of-cyber-risk-that-boards-need-to-address

Technological advancements like cloud computing, IoT, robotic automation, and predictive analytics are revolutionizing organizations but also increasing their vulnerability to cyber threats. In fact, Fortune 1000 companies face a 25% risk of being breached, with 10% incurring multi-million-dollar losses. Smaller companies are even more vulnerable, with 60% going out of business within six months of a severe cyberattack. This underscores the importance of assessing and governing cyber risks for successful business performance, as investors seek to understand a company’s vulnerability to these threats.

Regulators have recognized this need for transparency and have implemented new cybersecurity rules. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is enforcing these rules to ensure companies maintain adequate cybersecurity controls and disclose cyber-related risks and incidents appropriately.

However, organizations often underestimate the financial impact of cyber threats, which can include immediate disruptions, long-term consequences, and legal risks. The cost of cybercrime is projected to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.

The SEC’s new rules require public companies to disclose their cybersecurity governance capabilities, including board oversight, management’s role in assessing and managing risks, and the expertise of management. They also mandate reporting of “material” incidents within four days, allowing investors to evaluate the effectiveness of a company’s cyber risk policies.

To navigate this evolving landscape, boards should focus on four critical areas:

1. Aligning Cyber Risk Management with Business Needs: Boards need to make a compelling business case for cybersecurity investments, connecting cyber risks to operational and financial exposures and comparing them with other corporate challenges.

2. Continuous Monitoring of Cyber Risk Capability: Organizations must continuously monitor their cyber risk management strategy to ensure it performs as intended. Dashboards and cyber event exercises can help, but simulation-aided approaches can enhance managerial foresight.

3. Proactive Anticipation of Changing Threats: With digital transformation enabling more sophisticated attacks, proactive cyber risk management helps organizations learn from information sharing and exercises before cyberattacks occur, reducing costly reactive learning.

4. Positioning Security as a Strategic Enabler: As cybersecurity teams face resource shortages, secure by design, collaboration, automation, and economies of scale become crucial for effective cyber risk management.

CSG Technologies, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), can assist in addressing these challenges. With a dedicated monitoring team and unique monitoring solutions through the ConnectWise suite, CSG empowers organizations to align cyber risk management with business needs, continuously monitor their capabilities, proactively anticipate threats, and position security as a strategic business enabler.

In a world where cyber threats are ever-evolving, CSG offers the expertise and tools needed to safeguard your organization and ensure long-term effectiveness in managing cyber risks.

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Matt Parks

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