Board members and C-suite executives routinely face the challenge of managing business objectives while also keeping investors and shareholders happy. Their priorities are focused on business goals, such as increasing the profitability of the company, staying ahead of the competition, looking for the next innovative idea, encouraging employee engagement, and being able to pay dividends to shareholders in an extremely difficult and challenging business climate. Their brains are wired to look at things through a business lens.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for IT security professionals, whose approach tends to be more narrowly focused on technical goals. Many don’t take the time to understand how they can make their goals align with the company’s overarching strategic objectives, and as a result IT professionals are often unable to demonstrate the net business impact of potential security risks. For this reason, security needs often fly under the radar of executives and board members, only coming under discussion when a major situation has occurred.

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