Cybersecurity leaders face a multitude of challenges when it comes to the business side of security—resource gaps, talent development, managing vendor relationships, reacting to the demands of a growing and evolving business, meeting compliance and regulatory obligations, and accounting for cybersecurity budget concerns. Addressing these day-to-day demands can distract CISOs and cyber leaders from focusing on a strategic cybersecurity program that can be effectively articulated to boards and audit committees.
Building a security program that is both effective and value-driven within the organization should be the North Star for leaders. Effective security program management requires a disciplined and prioritized program that keeps pace with the organization’s changing needs. When considering strategic partners, it’s important for CISOs to identify a provider that can help merge the business side (finance, staffing, program planning, etc.) with the technical side as they move their program from simply addressing or reacting to operating with the right balance of insourcing and outsourcing, aligning cybersecurity spend to technology and business objectives, and focusing on generating maximum value from the available resources.
We understand the complex security challenges you face, especially the difficulty of hiring or allocating skilled personnel internally. Our IT, security and privacy specialists have comprehensive, real-world experience advising organizations from a range of major industries. We’ll collaborate with your security team to develop a program that is rightsized for your unique organizational and industry needs.
It is important for your cybersecurity program to align with the business so that the organization can achieve its objectives. Without this alignment, it becomes tough to gain buy-in from executive leadership across departments, which results in a lack of adoption of security services and solutions across the organization. This leaves the organization vulnerable to risks arising from shadow IT systems.
We can help you earn security program buy-in and drive adoption by developing an internal outreach plan. Our team will work with you on:
Ensuring your cybersecurity strategy aligns with your current and future business objectives is critical. A successful cyber strategy and strong governance must be supported by a solid cybersecurity framework. A Common Controls Framework (CCF) can map your organization’s tactical objectives to your overall business strategy while considering the three lines of defense.
Our specialists will help you implement a cybersecurity framework that aligns to your organization’s technology and business objectives—such as your cloud vs. on-prem technology strategy—and ensures strong, tone-at-the-top direction on cybersecurity. We’ll also ensure your strategy includes key business stakeholders where necessary and a defined, operational execution plan. All of this can be managed using modern eGRC tools, which RSM can consult on, deploy and manage for your team.
The execution of a successful security program relies on a blend of internal resources and external partners. When it comes to managing external resources, CISOs and cybersecurity leaders face challenges such as choosing the right security partners, operating onshore vs. offshore, and ensuring partnerships are strategic and show a return on investment.
Our specialists will evaluate your organization’s strategic use of third parties and their ability to support your cybersecurity program. We’ll help with:
Executive oversight of the cybersecurity program is a constant challenge for CISOs and cybersecurity leaders. CISOs need to develop strong metrics and reporting both to understand how their program is impacting the organization’s risk posture and to effectively communicate the program performance to executive stakeholders.
Our advisors will support your organization’s efforts to evaluate, define and roll out an enterprise cybersecurity program aligned with leading industry standards. We’ll help you with:
The typical cybersecurity program consists of numerous concurrent projects that span across all capabilities of the program. CISOs and cybersecurity leadership need to prioritize these projects and manage them as a portfolio to avoid disparate projects running on their own.
Our advisors will assist your organization in the development and/or operation of program/project management for your transformational cybersecurity efforts. We’ll help implement your internal program management office to ensure effective program management that crosses organizational, process and technology boundaries. Our services include:
In addition to security awareness initiatives, organizations should implement role-based training programs and curriculum so team members outside of cybersecurity can recognize security issues in the areas of the business in which they specialize.
We’ll help your organization with security training that is aligned to specific job functions outside of the cybersecurity team. For instance, a database administrator needs to know the sensitivity of the information they handle. We’ll also provide guidance to help you track with your responsibilities for protecting access to the systems and data utilized by individuals in your company.
Job rotation and succession planning are key for a successful, long-term security program. Team members need to develop a diverse cyber skillset that supports the entire business, which may also aid your organization’s retention efforts.
RSM will help deliver and support your organization’s internal and external talent identification, onboarding, development, outsourcing requirements, performance management and transition activities for cybersecurity leaders and staff. We’ll help by: