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7 Tips for Communicating with the Board

The key? Rather than getting bogged down in the technical details, focus on how a security program is addressing business risk.
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1. Use Metrics That Relate to Business Objectives
Board members and other business leaders are not security experts. Metrics on vulnerability reduction, threats blocked, and attacks mitigated are more meaningful when presented in the overall context of business risk reduction.
'Metrics should be related directly to business objectives,' says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. 'How does operational process impact the company's ability to respond, and how does that relate to selling product in the market?' 
Numbers also should reflect simple trends based on objectives. 'No one at the board level cares about how much malware you blocked every month,' he notes.
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1. Use Metrics That Relate to Business Objectives

Board members and other business leaders are not security experts. Metrics on vulnerability reduction, threats blocked, and attacks mitigated are more meaningful when presented in the overall context of business risk reduction.

"Metrics should be related directly to business objectives," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. "How does operational process impact the company's ability to respond, and how does that relate to selling product in the market?"

Numbers also should reflect simple trends based on objectives. "No one at the board level cares about how much malware you blocked every month," he notes.

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2/13/2019 | 10:25:19 AM
Too tactical
"Don't use FUD" might be the best advice here, even if "highlight legal consequences" doesn't follow it. The goal is to meet the Directors where they are. Understand their goals & beliefs, and work to meet them there. Explain the implications of recent news. Discuss the long term implications of risk — and highlight the benefits of wise risk choices being made. Don't be seen as the person who only criticized the business.
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