How CISOs Can Secure Board Communication

In a world in which cybercrime has grown, boards with a mission face many challenges in achieving their goals. Effective communication and strong relationships between board members are crucial to the long-term success of an organization.

Board secretaries, general attorneys and chief information security officers (CISOs) who are under greater pressure to improve communications with board members because of the increased attention paid to cybersecurity as well as regulatory requirements, must do more. Despite their best efforts, many governance experts struggle to keep the board’s communications safe and organized. Therefore, it’s not common for confidential internal governance communications to be delivered through unsecure channels for communicationlike personal emails — which puts organizations at risk of data breaches and penalties from regulators.

To avoid this to avoid this, it is vital for CISOs to implement solutions for board management that facilitate private and group communication and collaboration. This includes using a board portal software that is mobile-friendly and easy to use. It also requires the use of video tools for conferencing that can facilitate secure and reliable virtual meetings. Instant messaging platforms and collaboration tools for documents are essential to facilitate efficient and productive interactions between board members.

CISOs are also required to present their reports in a business-like manner to the board to communicate the importance of cybersecurity to the bottom line. Instead of stating there’s a high chance of a cyber-breach and then stating that it could cost an organization X dollars. This helps put the issue in a context and leads to a more effective discussion about the best way to proceed.