Data breaches aren’t just an IT concern … They’re a business concern

Cyberattacks and data breaches used to be things that IT pros tried desperately to warn others of. But now it seems like everyone else is starting to notice the elephant in the room. 

A recent global study provides further proof of this. In fact, cyberattacks were cited as the top concern for the fifth annual BCI Horizon Scan, a survey by the Business Continuity Institute.

According to the study, 85% of respondents said cyberattacks were a business threat.

And IT concerns took the other two spots in the top three concerns, data breaches and unplanned IT or telecom outages. These beat out other serious continuity risks, including acts of terrorism, supply chain disruptions and adverse weather.

Guidance needed

It’s not enough to count on executives to take this fear of breaches and attacks and turn it into sound security steps.

These higher-ups need guidance. And you’re the expert to provide it.

Make sure to:

  • Tie security projects to the overarching goals and mission of the business. If your company wants to be successful, security needs to be a building block to that, not a box to be checked off.
  • Gather disruption data. If you experience unusual bouts of downtime, make sure your organization knows the current service levels and what can be done to improve on them if necessary.
  • Ask the right questions. Asking executives “Are you worried about security?” isn’t the right approach anymore. Instead, ask what their biggest concerns are, and use those answers to begin the conversation on what can be done to address those fears.

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