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The Cybersecurity Playbook: How Every Leader and Employee Can Contribute to a Culture of Security

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The Cybersecurity Playbook: How Every Leader and Employee Can Contribute to a Culture of Security

Allison Cerra

ISBN: 978-1-119-44219-6 September 2019 224 Pages

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The real-world guide to defeating hackers and keeping your business secure

Many books discuss the technical underpinnings and complex configurations necessary for cybersecurity—but they fail to address the everyday steps that boards, managers, and employees can take to prevent attacks. The Cybersecurity Playbook is the step-by-step guide to protecting your organization from unknown threats and integrating good security habits into everyday business situations. This book provides clear guidance on how to identify weaknesses, assess possible threats, and implement effective policies. Recognizing that an organization’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, this book offers specific strategies for employees at every level.

Drawing from her experience as CMO of one of the world’s largest cybersecurity companies, author Allison Cerra incorporates straightforward assessments, adaptable action plans, and many current examples to provide practical recommendations for cybersecurity policies. By demystifying cybersecurity and applying the central concepts to real-world business scenarios, this book will help you:

  • Deploy cybersecurity measures using easy-to-follow methods and proven techniques
  • Develop a practical security plan tailor-made for your specific needs
  • Incorporate vital security practices into your everyday workflow quickly and efficiently

The ever-increasing connectivity of modern organizations, and their heavy use of cloud-based solutions present unique challenges: data breaches, malicious software infections, and cyberattacks have become commonplace and costly to organizations worldwide. The Cybersecurity Playbook is the invaluable guide to identifying security gaps, getting buy-in from the top, promoting effective daily security routines, and safeguarding vital resources. Strong cybersecurity is no longer the sole responsibility of IT departments, but that of every executive, manager, and employee.

Chapter 1 The Time I Ruined Easter 1

Lessons Learned the Hard Way 8

Additional Lessons for You 12

Who Was at Fault? 14

Remember This Crucial Element 15

Why Me? 16

Why You? 17

W.I.S.D.O.M. 19

Chapter 2 Mr./Ms. Cellophane 23

The New Kid on the Block 26

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Board and CEO 38

Making Mr./Ms. Cellophane Visible 41

Chapter 3 “Good Morning, This is Your Wakeup Call.” 47

The Best Defense 54

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Employee 59

Chapter 4 Stop the Line 69

The Internet of Terrorism 74

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Product Developer 80

Chapter 5 Bridging the Gap 87

When Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad 90

It Wasn’t Always This Way 92

W.I.S.D.O.M. for HR Professionals 96

Chapter 6 Luck Favors the Prepared 109

BREACH! 112

Preparing for Battle 115

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Marketer/Communicator 119

Chapter 7 Interesting Bedfellows 127

The More Things Change . . . 132

. . . the More They Stay the Same 137

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Finance Professional 142

Chapter 8 Mr./Ms. Cellophane (Reprise) 147

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 149

Letting Go to Hold On 153

Assuming the Mantle 156

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Cybersecurity Professional 158

Chapter 9 Experiencing a Culture of Security 169

Chapter 10 A Culture of Security for All 187

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the CEO/Board Member 191

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Employee 191

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Product Developer 192

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the HR Professional 192

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Marketer/Communicator 193

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Finance Professional 194

W.I.S.D.O.M. for the Cybersecurity Professional 198

Acknowledgments 201

About the Author 203

Index 205