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As your organization’s chief information security officer (CISO), it is your job to ensure the world does not wake up one morning to your brand making front-page headlines due to a cyber security breach. Given the far-reaching implications of such an incident, it is a big responsibility that requires business savvy and operational expertise.

Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel as if you are pouring more energy into overcoming compliance requirements and departmental communication challenges, rather than mitigating threats through the development and execution of your risk management strategy. Moreover, it can be difficult to connect the dots between what you do and the value you provide to the business.

The right solution will provide you with more visibility into other parts of your organization, as well as quantifiable risk metrics you can share with key stakeholders. Also, it should empower you to optimize your risk management strategies - prioritize the limited resources you have - and clearly justify security program expansion as the world of cyber security continues to evolve.

"When we developed the GreySpark Risk Intelligence platform, we were being asked by DHS/ICE [Department of Homeland Security/Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] non-technical leadership to explain to them how well the SOC [Secure Operations Center] was performing in keeping their vast global network secure from cyber threats. Nobody knew how to categorize and quantify risk across a global operations with over 400 offices and nearly 30,000 systems being monitored. We created GreySpark to turn complex cyber security telemetry into uniform data that could be used to mathematically drive risk metrics everyone understood."

Matt Sweeny Chief Architect, FourV Systems

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Seventy-four percent of C-suite executives do not think CISOs should have a seat at the table or be part of their organization’s leadership team.

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Only 23 percent of organizations separate security costs into a separate cost center from operations in their budgets.

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Seventy-one percent of CISOs say that all senior executives in their organization need further security education.

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