Independent Advisor to Boards and C-Suite
Cyber threats are evolving at such a rate that it is not uncommon for board members to lack the technical expertise necessary to be able to evaluate whether management is taking appropriate steps to address cybersecurity issues.
A Pell Center study by Francesca Spidalieri, Leadership in the Cyber-age, found most of today’s business leaders earned degrees in fields other than technology or computer network security. Few of today’s industry leaders understand what cyberspace is, how networks physically work, and the connections between operational decisions and the dangers that lurk within cyberspace. Conversely, industry IT experts tend to be principally concerned with operational efficiency and technical solutions to cybersecurity problems. However, cybersecurity risk management requires not only IT experts with computer science, electrical engineering and software security skills, but also professionals with an understanding of business theory, organizational structure, behavioral psychology, ethics, international law and enterprise risk management.
As a result, boards often rely on the very personnel who select and implement risk management and remediation measures to evaluate their appropriateness and effectiveness. The Board and C-Suite need an objective and independent expert to assist them in meeting their fiduciary responsibilities.
Executive Training and Awareness
Training and awareness is provided to operational managers through board members on the linkages between business decisions, cyber vulnerabilities and mitigation techniques and limitations. Cyber-attacks will likely overwhelm a company’s capacity to properly respond and protect its assets. Establishing a common understanding of senior management’s cyber related roles and responsibilities and the interdependencies between business and cyber security decisions will better position the leadership to plan, prioritize and react when a cyber-event occurs.
Business &Technology Road-mapping
Analysis of the Cyber Pulse Check will reflect the risk exposure associated with the current business applications, processes and security controls. This sampling will also quickly identify any serious gaps and serve as an indicator of potential broader cyber risk concerns.
Thorough implementation and maintenance of basic security controls in an appropriately layered approach can deter up to 80% of today’s adversaries at little to no incremental cost. AZORCA will imploy a business–cyber risk framework to enable effective decision trades and prioritize technology investments and integration.
Cyber Remediation & Risk Management
Cyber remediation and risk management services include threat removal and forensic analysis, sytem monitoring, security and architectural recommendations, implementation assistance, risk remediation and transfer options, governance, policies, contingency plan and disaster recovery and emergency action plan review and analysis and review of technical staff organization and qualifications.
In today’s business environment the advantage is clearly on the side of the cyber adversary. In an effort to stay ahead of the evolving threat, businesses often struggle to budget and integrate new defensive technology and address advancing regulatory requirements.
However, with thoughtful in implementation of their existing resources, many organizations can materially improve their cyber risk position within their current budgets and operational plans.