How to become a security leader

How to become a security leader

By 2020, 60% of enterprises will become victims of major security breaches. Imagine ‘trust’ as your most valuable asset or comparative advantage, rather than your feared opponent. That is exactly what Atos, in cooperation with Google, wants to achieve for your organization. There are four key elements in becoming a security superstar: anexternal demand focus; distributed influence exertion; resourcefulness over authority, and anticipation of business change.


Focus on external demands
Where security used to be an internal affair, since a few years these matters have become part of the product a company offers to clients. For example, take a security breach that requires informing customers about the need to reset their passwords. In such a case, it is crucial that heads of information security collaborate with colleagues from marketing and account management to ensure that their efforts do not jeopardize customer satisfaction and retention. In order to be recognized as a security leader, do not solely focus on internal security technology, but also on your external appearance and customer satisfaction. 

Distributed influence exertion
Large businesses, in particular, need to exert more distributed influence in order to lower the risk of potential security hazards. Since a growing number of functions and teams within organizations have their own technology budget; responsibility of security is often neglected.

Research indicates that at least 20% of a department’s budget including for example sales, R&D, marketing and HR  is invested in technology. In order for COO’s and CIO’s to not overlook serious security risks, it is necessary to hire professionals with specific knowledge of security scattered among their teams. 

Resourcefulness over authority
For your organization to be at the top of the security game, you need CIOs who are not just seen as authorities but rather as resources. After setting basic ground rules regarding security matters, CIOs should encourage stakeholders to seek their advice when needed. 

This way, CIOs will not have to enforce policy for every scenario. As explained to Forrester: ‘As an authority, the heads of information security set control requirements for third-party relationships, and as a resource, they often find themselves on the phone with partners to discuss expectations and best practices. This ultimately improves the security posture on both sides of the engagement’. 

Business change anticipation
Since the market is rapidly changing, organizations need to be more prepared than ever for the shift towards new technologies and business models. Security leaders play a huge role in the adoption of such advances. The key point here is to think ahead of solutions that can make sure your organization can swiftly and efficiently deal with the risks inherent to these new opportunities. Working together with parties like Google and Atos can help you with these predictions and possible future solutions. 

Protecting your company should be one of your top priorities, whether you are a start-up, unicorn or corporate. Acting with these priorities in mind will help your company in becoming the next big security leaader. Interested in what Atos can do for your company? Please continue reading here.