10 Dos and Don’ts for Government Cybersecurity Leaders

As we move into the new decade, keeping track of cyberthreats, acquiring and retaining talented pros, addressing remote working challenges, and the importance of cybersecurity to managing budget priorities in tough economic times, are important issues with the list of responsibilities and expectations growing.

Here are 10 best practices that come from a list of security industry resources, five dos and five don’ts for new and veteran government cyberleaders.

Don’t be “Doctor No”. Be known as an enabler of new technologies, offering alternative solutions that can work at different price points with varying levels of risk.

Don’t stop communicating. Security leaders must constantly provide timely updates and cyber awareness to internal and external departments.

Don’t stay inward-focused. You don’t know what you don’t know, so get involved with outside specialty groups and consider the security committees for the national organizations and vendor partners.

Don’t become overconfident. Surprisingly, a significant number of government security leaders report that everything is fine on the security front. Even if you have been able to successfully navigate your leadership challenges so far, you never know what tomorrow will bring. Bad actors are trying harder than ever to overcome your cyber defenses.

Don’t forget to celebrate success. Since securing the enterprise is never complete, some never stop to enjoy project success. Be sure to thank your staff. Throw a party when key milestones are complete.

And here are five more things you should do:

Do meet with department leaders regularly. Discuss their unique requirements and goals.

Do have a plan. Cyber strategies that work together with wider technology goals are a must.

Do practice. Partner with other governments, criminal justice agencies, nonprofits and others on tabletop exercises surrounding security incident response.

Do find and/or be a mentor. The MS-ISAC mentoring program is a great place to start.

Do persevere. Become a resilient team. You can do this, and there are many people eager to help.


Summarized from www.govtech.com

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