Cyber security threats now pose a risk to organisations in all sectors. Cyber-crime is a multi-billion pound global industry and no company, however small, can afford to assume “it won’t happen to us”. Non-executive directors and Trustees need to be aware of the types of threats that exist, such as ransomware, brute force and the more familiar DDOS; as well as the huge part that social engineering plays in cyber breaches. They also need to have insight into the questions that the board should be asking the executives in this area, such as:
- Can you confirm that all employees have cyber-security training at least once a year
- Are we working towards certification under the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme? (If not, why not)
- Have we reviewed our supply chain to understand how their access to our networks might compromise our security. Or how failures in our own systems could threaten organisations we work with.
Most importantly, board members need to know that cyber-security is not an IT issue to be delegated and forgotten. The threat of a cyber-attack is a critical risk that could damage shareholder value, brand reputation and customer sentiment.
This event will provide a background to the cyber landscape, highlight some best practices that organisations deploy and ultimately arm you with the information to help you as a NED/Trustee to ask the right questions in the boardroom.
Charlotte works for Cisco’s Security Acquisition Team, heading up the adoption of security technologies across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR).
Charlotte started her career in Consulting, and for the past 9 years she has been working in the fast-moving field of Security. She is responsible for the adoption of new security technologies across EMEAR, working closely with Chief Information Security Officers across the globe with a variety of regulatory and compliance requirements across multiple industry verticals.
Charlotte has been a member of Women on Boards for themany years and has a strong desire to bring knowledge of the security world to Non-Exec Directors, passionate that the more we work together the safer we can be.
WOB UK is delighted to be partnering with Cisco on this event.