To get ahead, one has to be seen as a leader. What better way to get ahead than to help your boss look like a leader too? After all, she may take you in her wake as she goes up the organisation. Make sure your boss knows if there are any IT security traps in the organisation, for example software and hardware default passwords left unchanged.
Maintain an IT security calendar for your boss so that she knows when big events are occurring and is not caught out by her management when asked about them.
Help your boss to make IT security a board level issue
To most corporate boards, IT security is purely a function such as HR or payroll. Making them realise that IT security is an enabler of a fit business will require you to arm your boss with the necessary articles from the trade and national press which highlight the business benefits of IT security, particularly those processes which keep the organisation innovating and seen as a leader.
3. Think like a CFO
IT is an expense, but the benefits may include the reduction of real risks.
It is essential that any security implementation takes into account the cost/benefit analysis required by the CFO to show that you are using the companies monies efficiently; and you are also making effective decisions to protect the corporation as a whole. You must show a keen understanding of the potential losses vs. the costs of mitigating the losses in advance and be able to present a business case that makes sense and has a compelling ROI compared to the status quo.
Also, consider switching the company from a point in time compliance to a new continuous compliance strategy. By doing so there is no longer a need to prepare for an audit since every day is audit day.
Try to embrace the findings of the auditors and show how their expensive services can be used to make the company more secure. Getting the auditors on your side and willing to promote you and your organization's adoption of best practices, can provide top corporate level visibility. Auditors can be your friends if they know what they are doing and can point out not only problems, but also solutions that are practical. Remember that the next person the auditor speaks with will be the C-level execs as well as the CEO.
4. Improve the education of your organisation's staff
Consider doing an internal IT security bulletin for all staff with handy hints on password management, how to spot dangerous emails, etc. Ensure that management and the board know you are behind this.
Do a series of lunchtime seminars to educate the staff on IT security. These can be done on staying secure online and similar topics that could be useful to employees at home, as well as at work. If staff find your seminars useful at home they are more likely to value you.
Share your knowledge about IT security with the staff when problems arise — you could set up an intranet page which draws attention to current phishing e-mails, or the problems of shared privileged account passwords and the remedies.
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