Welcome to my website, dedicated to helping businesses with cybersecurity and risk management. My name is Todd Hammond, and I specialize in helping businesses understand that cybersecurity is not just a technical issue, but a business risk that can significantly impact success and survival. By investing in cybersecurity, physical security, and risk management, businesses can establish and maintain resilience. My website focuses on providing foundational insights and strategies to help businesses navigate cybersecurity and establish continuity of operations.
Being people-centric is key to creating a proactive security-aware culture, and two leadership approaches that can help achieve this are extreme ownership and servant leadership. Extreme ownership means taking complete responsibility for the success or failure of a mission, which in this case is creating a security-aware culture. This approach requires leaders to lead by example and hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. Servant leadership, on the other hand, focuses on putting the needs of others first and empowering them to achieve their full potential. In cybersecurity, this means empowering employees with the knowledge and tools to prevent security breaches and proactively manage risks. By combining extreme ownership and servant leadership, leaders can create a culture where everyone takes ownership of cybersecurity and risk management, and security is integrated into all aspects of the business. This reduces the risk of cyber-attacks and creates a more resilient and successful business overall.
It is best to find and address risk issues closest to when and where they are happening.
Promote identification and evaluation of threats & risks to the business, and encourage employees to speak up.
Addressing potential issues early in the product or service lifecycle prevents delays, re-engineering and disruptions later.
Decision-making processes include an evaluation of threats and risks as well as mitigation costs & complexity.
Understanding risks and the plans to address them helps leaders make better financial, administrative, operational, and technological decisions.
Evaluate risk treatment effectiveness from three perspectives: the front line, risk governance and audit.
Leaders with an aggregated view of risk can better ensure risk levels remain within their appetite, mitigation efforts are cost-effective, and working as designed.
Every day, take steps to make it harder to disrupt the business and improve your ability to recover.
Though not all threats can be prevented, building security and awareness and risk mitigation into your every day will help minimize disruptions when they occur.
Documentation, including references to authoritative sources, is crucial for building a solid cybersecurity capability. It helps create a methodology for collecting metrics, creating reports, understanding risk, and ensuring risk controls are effectively mitigating risk as desired.
You can start by prioritizing the documentation of critical business processes.
This involves establishing policies, setting standards, defining frameworks, programs and service level expectations, establishing recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives, inventorying critical assets, drawing workflows, diagraming data and information flows, recording stakeholder roles and responsibilities, inventorying process dependencies and creating a list of next-level subprocesses and supporting technologies.