“A good CISO will be able to play a major role in improving security’s ‘brand'”

IT security professionals play a vital role in keeping businesses safe from serious security incidents.

Whether they’re actively defending against targeted cyberattacks or implementing technology and policies to mitigate costly mistakes, the work of the security team can often be all that stands in the way of a major breach with a multi-million-pound price tag, writes Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist & Advisory CISO, Thycotic.

Despite the fact that strong cybersecurity is now increasingly essential for business success however, many security professionals themselves all-too-often feel underappreciated and overlooked, with security efforts being seen as a frustrating barrier by both colleagues and the board.

Nearly two thirds of respondents (63 percent) stated that their security teams are either viewed as the company naysayers – specifically either ‘doom mongers’ or a ‘necessary evil’.

The less-than-flattering image of security practitioners may stem from the fact that most workers will only encounter their security team in negative circumstances.

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