Boardrooms have a reputation for not paying much attention to cybersecurity, but it could be that executives are finally keen to take more interest in securing the systems and networks their businesses rely on.
Senior figures from American, British and Australian cybersecurity agencies have said that business execs are now more aware of cyber threats and are actively engaging with their chief information security officer (CISO) and information security teams.
Abigail Bradshaw, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), said that, in a “massive leap in trust,” many organisations are actively seeking out advice to help inform boardrooms about cybersecurity issues.
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“Today boards say, ‘Can you come and brief our board, and can you stay while the CISO’s briefing the board? And can you please give us a view about the quality of our controls and our estimation of risk?’, which is hugely transparent,” she said, speaking at the UK National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Cyber UK conference in Newport, Wales
“I see that as well, it feels as if it’s really maturing,” said Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC. “We’ve been trying really hard