The Board of Director’s Role in Cyber Security

Cyber security is a serious challenge for companies of all sizes. Boards of directors have an important role in preparing companies for cyber attacks and responses when attacks occur.

Rick Williams was recently interviewed by Geri Denterlein, founder of the prominent Boston-based strategic communications firm Denterlein Associates, on the board’s role in cyber security. Cyber is a difficult challenge for boards because the technical issues are complex and companies have many vulnerabilities. The board’s influence is indirect, but it has direct responsibilities. Here is the key takeaway from the interview.

“As a board member, I am expected to ask the company leaders whether they have put in place policies and procedures that protect the company, its employees, its customers and its assets against cyber attack. But my real responsibility is to be sure these procedures actually work.”

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