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From Securities To Security: Why The SEC Is Bringing Cyber To The Boardroom
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/26/2014 | 11:09:25 AM
Re: Security oversight

I can see that reporting structure for large financial services companies,  retail and healthcare. In other segments, where regulation and compliance aren't so prescribed, i suspect the trend might have the CISO report elsewhere, maybe to the CEO. In any case, the trend towards taking raising infosec into it's own domain, apart from IT is a good thing and an important trend..
SWBoyer
SWBoyer,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/25/2014 | 10:37:06 AM
Re: Security oversight
We are seeing the evolution of the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) where the cyber security function (ex. the CISO) reports up to the CRO. This structure principally exists in large financial services companies; however, other industries will likely follow suite. In many ways corporate culture and execution follows corporate structure and having the cyber security function as part of enterprise risk management reporting chain will likely change the internal attitudes and priorities. 
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
9/24/2014 | 2:14:12 PM
Re: Security oversight
The devil is in the details and with no specific prescriptive requirements yet in place (if ever) it's hard to know what (if any) the SEC sentiment will have on board-level security awareness and practices. I'm not holding my breathe, though. 
JasonPolancich
JasonPolancich,
User Rank: Author
9/24/2014 | 12:54:22 PM
Just the start of a boardroom sea change
Great piece. We'll look back a year or two from now and wonder why this was so recent a trend.
GonzSTL
GonzSTL,
User Rank: Ninja
9/24/2014 | 12:05:16 PM
Security oversight
While I am not a big proponent of government oversight into the internal workings of organizations, perhaps this push by the SEC will serve as a wakeup call to move IT security out from under IT oversight. I completely agree that IT security is not a "cyber" issue, but is in actuality a business issue, and must be treated as such. Risk based IT security approaches are no different than other business decisions where risks are weighed and acted upon accordingly. When IT and security fall under the same oversight, and risk mitigation solutions infringe upon the IT agenda, decisions may be heavily influenced by the IT group in their favor especially when the tie breaker is the IT executive. That contaminates the decision, and directs a course not necessarily good for the organization itself. These are decisions that must be made by individuals who have organizational goals as their primary concern, and not the goals specific to a unit within the organization. I understand that this notion of separation goes against old and prevalent practices, and is difficult to overcome, especially if IT is heavily entrenched in the boardroom. However, modern, forward thinking security practices see the situation as it really is - a potential for a conflict of interest that must be resolved by parties external to both IT and security groups. It is my opinion that IT security has evolved to the point where it is a discipline in itself, and although rooted in the same foundations of IT, security must have its own voice in the organization.


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