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Audience Questions Answered

What defines a successful leader that drives an effective cybersecurity strategy? What are you doing as leaders to ensure the wellbeing of your remote team?

  • Strategic: Defines a long term vision and executes a roadmap to achieve that vision.
  • Transparent: Strong & effective communication across their own organization and across the firm.
  • Collaborative: Creates partnerships across the firm.
  • Business Aware: Understands business processes as well as organizational Risk Framework in order to ensure that security strategies are aligned to the organizational risk appetite and serve as an enabler for the business.
  • Fosters Talent Management: Develops people and establishes a talent pipeline of skills and inclusiveness.
  • Executive Presence: Ability to communicate effectively with all parts of the organization in order to raise awareness, and influence decisions.
  • People Come First: Understand your organization through employee satisfaction surveys and have leadership meetings with teams (i.e. 1 above your boss). Keep connected to your teams, remain transparent and spend time with them. It is also important to foster a culture where your managers are staying close to their staff, and recognize they are the success to your business.

How do we show the performance and results of the cybersecurity strategy or investment?

Reporting does not provide any meaning or full value unless the progress aligns to a strategy or roadmap. My simple guiding principle would be the following:

  • Ensure you have a framework, or roadmap that defines and informs your investment in technology or implementation strategy.
  • Determine what type of reporting is required to demonstrate progress against your roadmap and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will measure the progress of the reporting metric you are developing.
  • Establish a risk statement associated with what you are trying to mitigate, and develop Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) that demonstrate risk reduction as your implementation progresses.

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As Canadian organizations reopened for business, they had to quickly address infrastructure and productivity needs to account for the dramatic rise of remote workers and workstations. As we continue under this new way to conduct business, organizations must lean on their competitive advantage by staying resilient regardless of any kind of crisis or disruption. A business continuity plan with a proactive and effective strategy to secure employees and digital assets is key to success in this uncertain future.

In the fire side chat with cybersecurity leaders, Gerry Owens, Enza Alexander and Chris Ruetz, we unpacked the strategies on how to stay secure and what it takes to be a successful IT & Security leader during these turbulent times.

Read the recap and key discussion points here.

Gerry Owens

Gerry Owens

IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity Executive

Gerry Owens is an IT Risk Management and Cyber Security Executive with over 30 years experience in Information Technology, leading infrastructure initiatives, establishing strong IT risk programs and building Cyber Security capabilities. During his long tenure at a large Canadian Financial Institution, Gerry had built and led several key businesses including Network Operations, Security Operations, Business Technology Risk, and Global Digital Identity and Access Management.

Enza Alexander

Enza Alexander

Executive Vice President at ISA Cybersecurity

Enza Alexander is a senior Cybersecurity and IT industry leader with over 25 years of global experience across the technology sectors in finance, operations, sales, marketing, managed  and professional services. She serves as the Executive Vice President at ISA. Enza is passionate about helping clients better understand the positive impact and possibilities that business technology security solutions can deliver. She has a long and successful track record built on driving client solutions that are value-based. 

In 2011, Enza was recognized as one of Canada’s leading Women in Technology by IT Canada and CDN Magazine.  

Chris Ruetz

Chris Ruetz

AVP and Country Manager at CyberArk Canada

Chris Ruetz is the Area Vice President & Country Manager at CyberArk Canada where he’s responsible for executing strategic sales and channel initiatives to drive growth and expand market opportunities within region. Chris specializes in assisting Canadian Security Leaders to understand the importance of developing Privilege Access Security Programs. These programs include, Application Security, Digital Transformation to the Cloud & Dev Ops and Securing the Workstation with a Least Privilege model.

Chris has more than 20 years of IT and Security experience with world class software companies such as Cisco, Nortel, Novell and Westcon Group in Senior Management roles.