We live in a world where 76% of excutives believe a cyber breach is inevitable. While the risk is clear, 44% cannot find the budget to do something about it, while other 41% cite lack of resources as being the biggest hurdle. So is this just how it's going to be? Are we surrending to cyber criminals?
Imagine this discussion in your family: "I do not have time or money to fix the airbags but don't worry there's only a 76% chance that I will have an accident. I will rather pay ten times more to have the car fixed when the accident actually happens". Who would accept this arguement from their significant other ?
But it gets worse. Not only is this person convinced the accident will happen; the most likely cause is in plain sight. The same applies for business executives. 91% of cyber attacks start with an email – so if your plan is to minimize the risk of cyber attacks, this is a great place to start.
Yet very few CEO's asks their CIO or CISO to present a scenario where email is not used as the primary tool for communication. Often it is cited that boards and executives do not know what to ask for. The below shall tell anyone that it will it surely will be more expensive to secure your organization in the future. Only in the last year:
Are we so vetted to email that we don't even dare to ask if now is the time to prepare the company for a different future? Similarly, would we not ask our significant other to find a different solution to the risk outlined above?
Dare to ask. Even if no one has the answer, open the discussion. Security starts with identifying your vulnerabilities.
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