Brd of Directors Will Have Profound Impact on Cybersecurity

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, corporate boards are getting much more involved in . What’s driving this behavior? While the Target breach probably influenced this behavior, corporate boards now realize that has become a pervasive risk that could have an adverse impact on all businesses. This is consistent with recent research where 29% of professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) said that executive management (and the corporate board) is much more engaged in cybersecurity situational awareness and strategy than it was two years ago, while another 40% stated that executive management (and the corporate board) is somewhat more engaged in cybersecurity situational awareness and strategy than it was two years ago.

What does this mean? Further board-level participation in all things cybersecurity has several ramifications for the infosec community at large (i.e., security professionals, product vendors, service providers, researchers, etc.):

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