A quick conversation with almost anyone in the corridors of companies today will reveal a level of concern over their privacy, phishing attacks, data breaches, malware, misuse of personal credentials, identity theft and much more.
McAffee estimated that the damages associated with cybercrime now stands at over $400 billion, up from $250 billion two years ago.
Universally there is an acknowledgement that a higher level of maturity of protection currently on offer is needed. Last year alone Gartner reported that $114bn was spent on cybersecurity solutions in the private sector. Highly specialised categories such as Privileged Account Management (PAM) alone is seeing a 23% YOY growth rate. Yet the successful management of these threats remains concerningly low.
A fact certainly not lost on the majority of CISOs who have to deal with a multitude of moving parts within an organisation such as people, culture, legacy systems, access management, privileges, politics, transactions, stakeholders. The list goes on. Even though the CISOs of today are more empowered than ever to keep the organisation “safe”, their success is only as good as the level of awareness and buy-in from the rest of the organisation, from board level to the admin person on the ground floor. BREAKTHROUGH attempts to provide guidelines for CISOs to break through some of the internal barriers to cybersecurity awareness and adoption at all levels of an organisation.