7. Executive Leadership-led Risk Management

Improved Visibility, Cost Savings Can Boost Exec Risk Management

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The evolution of the cyber attacker’s techniques, skills and tools has far exceeded the pace of the cyber defender’s. Throughout the public and private sector, from federal agencies to health insurance providers, emerging threats continue to wreak havoc on enterprise networks, applications and data. Incident response teams must move faster, but the tools they’ve been given to do the job aren’t fast enough in detecting, remediating or investigating incidents, especially at scale. New solutions are needed that enable IT operations and incident response teams to move quicker and act smarter across distributed networks, distributed clouds, and OS platforms while maintaining scalable performance.


The government would also benefit from reexamining the thinking behind how it approaches cybersecurity. A reevaluation of the efficacy of siloed efforts could help the government move from a layered approach to a more holistic approach. Siloed tools—which collect fragmented and outdated data—create a disconnect between the detection and remediation of security issues, making it much more difficult to boost the cybersecurity posture of the government as a whole.


Executive leadership-led risk management requires correctly analyzed and clearly presented data that is complete and accurate. Unfortunately, most executive teams today rely on stale and partial data that is inconsistent from tool to tool, gathered by unreliable means and compiled using error-prone spreadsheets, only to be communicated weeks later using outdated slides and charts. Executives need up-to-the-second visibility into every facet of their organization or agency, which begins with their core assets. To effectively mitigate risk and reduce cost, they need to at all times know what systems are on the network, what is running in their environment, what changes are occurring, and what systems are out of compliance. With this level of fast, accurate and complete visibility at scale, executives can share visibility across teams and make better decisions, continually reinforce their current security posture more quickly and reduce waste and cost by confidently reducing over-licensed software and under-utilized hardware assets regularly.

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