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August 21, 2015

Are CISOs Spending Too Much Time Focusing on Technology?

Following the onslaught of high-profile cyberattacks reported in the past 12 to 18 months, cybersecurity has become a more frequent topic in board-level conversations. This has created a need for CISOs to better understand board member perceptions and become more effective at communicating their cybersecurity strategies. However, a new study from Deloitte's CISO Transition Lab found CISOs spend 77 percent of their time on technical aspects of the job rather than business strategy aspects.

With CISOs spending so much extra time on technology tasks, how can they find time to focus on the areas that are critical to supporting the business? Additionally, we know that boards are more interested in discussing security strategies during meetings, but they aren't interested in discussing tech metrics. With so much time devoted to technology, CISOs will have little else to discuss during meetings.

What other strategies can CISOs employ to meet the challenge of communicating to the board and becoming a more strategic member of the organization? Using data from an NYSE survey of nearly 200 corporate directors, two of the industry's best-known voices – Andy Ellis, CSO of Akamai, and Chris Wysopal, CTO & CISO of Veracode – will discuss how CISOs can elevate the security conversation to a board-level discussion.

During the live-streamed videocast at 12:00 pm on August 26, sponsored by Veracode and moderated by Dark Reading, Wysopal and Ellis will share recommendations based on their own experiences presenting to boards, ongoing conversations with fellow CISOs and the results of the NYSE survey.

You can register for the live videocast here:

Jessica is part of the content team at Veracode. In this role she strives to create and promote content that will engage, educate and inspire security professionals around the topic of application security. Jessica’s involvement with the security industry goes back more than a decade at companies like Astaro, and Sophos where she held roles in corporate communication and marketing.

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