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Daniel Garry

Cyber Security Director, FutureRange

The role of board directors in overseeing cybersecurity is paramount. By engaging with cybersecurity experts, organisations can ensure governance and respond to emerging digital threats.

With cyber threats increasing in complexity and frequency, directors must proactively engage in strategic oversight and risk management to align cybersecurity measures with organisational goals, mitigate risks and ensure adherence to regulations.

Training for cybersecurity governance

FutureRange works extensively with board directors, providing tailored training that helps them understand and fulfil cybersecurity governance responsibilities.

Daniel Garry, Cyber Security Director emphasises: “Directors face significant challenges in cybersecurity, particularly in formulating the right questions for their executive teams and advisers. Boards should foster an environment that welcomes specialised external expertise, especially when internal capabilities are limited.”

Key actions to manage cyber threats

Directors must implement several key actions to manage cyber threats effectively:

(1) Understand and swiftly respond to cyber threats by assessing risks and making informed decisions;
(2) Establish a comprehensive cyber threat management plan that delineates clear policies and incident response strategies;
(3) Foster a proactive cybersecurity culture through awareness and training programmes at all levels;
(4) Engage external experts to access specialised knowledge and address emerging risks.

Boards should foster an environment that welcomes specialised external expertise.

“Protecting an organisation’s reputation by enhancing its resilience against breaches is essential,” notes Garry. Cybersecurity is vital for more than just data protection; it guards operational continuity, maintains reputation, ensures financial stability and bolsters compliance. This investment also builds trust among all stakeholders including shareholders and customers, crucial for organisational success.

Support ensuring cybersecurity resilience

“As stewards of governance, directors are responsible for ensuring the organisation’s resilience against the impacts of cyber incidents. They must be well-versed in cybersecurity to safeguard assets and effectively integrate cyber risk considerations into corporate strategy and risk management frameworks,” Garry points out. A robust cybersecurity strategy involves safely integrating data and operational technology, requiring comprehensive defensive strategies and external partnerships.

Collaborating with cybersecurity experts like FutureRange can strengthen an organisation’s cyber defences and leadership in the digital world. This ensures compliance with regional regulations and supports directors in fulfilling their governance responsibilities. Engaging with specialised partners enhances readiness and response to the evolving cyber threat landscape.

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