9 strategic cybersecurity priorities for CEOs

Ensure your business is cyber secure

With cybersecurity no longer simply an operational matter for the IT department, it’s critical that CEOs and other members of the c-suite are asking the right questions to have confidence that their organisation is properly protected. It can be confusing to know where to start, and how deep to go without getting drawn into the technical details.

The following 9 priorities for CEOs to focus on will help you feel confident that your business is cyber secure, and in the best position to be protected if a breach occurs.

1) Defending against ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks are unfortunately on the rise, and continue to become not only more sophisticated but more aggressive. This means there is a higher risk of a cyber breach and CEOs need to ensure their organisation is properly prepared to defend against an attack.

2) Gaining board level support

Cybercrime is now a multi-billion-dollar industry that impacts organisations of all shapes and sizes. That means cybersecurity is no longer a matter left to your IT department – it should be a board level priority.

3) Supporting digital transformation & strategic goals

Digital transformations are at an all-time high, with new processes and IT initiatives being implementing to help businesses (and staff) work more efficiently. Whether a security breach happens because of a digital transformation or not, it’s a good way to make CEOs think about cybersecurity solutions to minimise risk.

4) Protecting against Social Engineering attacks

Social Engineering is when an attacker uses psychological manipulation to trick users into making security mistakes or giving away sensitive information. Phishing is one of the most common forms, using email to ‘scam’ their victims into divulging sensitive information.

5) Addressing IoT (Internet of Things) security

It’s important for CEOs to pay attention to the security around the devices connected to their network and the data they produce. We suggest developing strategies to know exactly what and how much is connected to the organisation’s network, so the risk of a breach can be minimised.


6) Securing remote workers

Remote working is on the increase, with the pandemic forcing many businesses to enable their staff to work from anywhere. A key challenge is keeping staff and business assets cyber secure.

7) Building continuity plans

A security breach may result in significant disruption to business operations. A business continuity plan should address how the business can keep operating whilst the security incident is being addressed, and business systems recovered.

8) Securing the cloud

Many businesses have increased their cloud use since the pandemic, this means that a cyber security strategy needs to include tools, processes, and governance models that support cloud technology.

9) Enhancing incident response capabilities

Make life easier for you and your business by choosing a strategy to enhance your cybersecurity incident response capabilities. Below are some good strategies to try:

  • Cybersecurity Automation
  • Practice with Cybersecurity Incident Response Scenario
  • Increase Your Organisation’s Redundant Capabilities
  • Create a Project List to Improve Long-term Cybersecurity Resiliency

By implementing the above 9 strategic priorities, you will be well on your way to properly protect yourself from a cyber attack and feel confident that your business is in the safest position if a breach occurs.

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Ensure your organisation is properly protected from a cyber attack

The cybersecurity engineers at Grassroots IT are experienced and ready to help you create and maintain strong cybersecurity to protect your company from a cyber attack. If you’d like more information, get in touch with the Grassroots IT team on 1300 554 138 or contact us online.


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