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CEO Cybersecurity To-Do List | Sadin on Digital

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Sadin on Digital” episodes explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business. Wayne Sadin and I focus in particular on what CEOs and boards must do to lead their companies successfully into the Digital Age. Today, we talk through what C-suites need to focus on when it comes to cybersecurity—and what they might be risking by failing to do so.

Episode 27

The Big Themes:

  • Wake-up call for boards and C-Suites: What do we hear from victims? “We didn’t think we’d be a target.”
  • In our emerging acceleration economy: Firms can’t afford the lost time, the lost revenue/added costs, the hit to reputation a successful attack causes.
  • Firms must do six things well: Robust prevention, quick detection, defense in depth, keeping secrets secret, effective repair/restoration, and not keeping your eggs in one basket.
  • Manage systemic risk, not just cybersecurity: If someone can waltz in and unplug the firewall, are you secure?

The Big Quote:

  • “There’s a John Chambers quote that I’ve used before. There are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked, and those they don’t know that they’ve been hacked.”
  • “If you’re an executive and you had trouble understanding that, listen again, because nothing I said is very technical.”
  • “If your systems are cruddy and 15 years old and not connected, you might be in a full-time hygiene mode.”
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