How to Communicate Cybersecurity
Threats to Executives

In this episode of Life of a CISO, Dr. Eric Cole explains that a CISO must communicate what the top threats are, how to deal with them, and what are the costs and risks.

A CISO’s job is not to try to fix every single problem.

It’s up to the CISO to explain what the top threats are, and that other threats exist, but aren’t a top priority.

Listen to this episode to learn how to communicate with your executives that cybersecurity is never “fixed,” but the CISO is on top of things.

In this episode:

  • 0:27 How to believe in yourself
  • 1:09 One of the areas in security we overlook is “the law of cybersecurity
  • 2:55 Be honest with executives
  • 3:09 Would you want a doctor to tell you “you’re fine” when you’re not?
  • 5:40 Every entity has a potential for ransomware
  • 7:45 Present more problems that you can fix. Here’s why
  • 9:51 Business is about managing risk, not fixing everything.
  • 12:05 Treat people the way they want to be treated
  • 13:08 The threats are always changing
  • 14:51 How much can you fit in one slide?
  • 15:59 Executives are scared
  • 18:06 What is the biggest takeaway?
  • 18:43 What are we looking for?
  • 20:00 This old model isn’t working
  • 22:18 World class CISOs look 3 years ahead
  • 23:17 Base architecture
  • 24:45 Data storage
  • 27:35 Thin client
  • 29:09 No local storage