By Sue Lapierre 

As a Chief Information Security Officer, the notion that perpetually haunts me is not necessarily if my organization will face modern cyber threats, but how well-prepared we are to respond to them. 


AI looms as a daunting challenge. 

The advent of artificial intelligence has introduced an unprecedented level of sophistication in cyber-attacks. Social engineering or phishing attempts that were once easily identifiable have now become masterpieces of deception, making the implementation of a Zero Trust architecture not just a cybersecurity strategy but a necessity. The overall concept of trust in cybersecurity is being redefined all together, highlighting the importance of vigilance in every interaction—even the ones that appear safe. Attack vectors are continually advancing, exploiting any vulnerability they can find to turn minor oversights into major breaches. 

The acceleration of bad actors’ capabilities is a stark reality.  

Each headline of a new cyber incident is a learning opportunity, and a grim reminder that the attacks we see in the mainstream news could easily befall us. It compels us to continuously question our preparedness, to scrutinize our incident response plans, and to always think a step ahead. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive. Our playbook needs to be dynamic, evolving with the threat landscape, ensuring that our response is swift and effective, and that our communication strategies are clear and coordinated. 

Security is everyone’s responsibility. 

This landscape demands a robust incident response plan, a playbook that is understood not just by the cybersecurity team but by the entire organization. Security is not the sole responsibility of the CISO; it is a collective effort. In the face of a breach, knowing your game plan and having a well-documented, actionable incident response strategy is crucial. 

The management of insider threats and the importance of continuous education in both modern technology and soft skills are critical components of being a CISO. We must excel in communication, conveying the significance of cybersecurity to our executives and board of directors in terms that resonate with their priorities. The common consensus must always be to secure the “crown jewels”. We must also remember that regulatory compliance is the minimum requirement; true security encompasses a holistic approach that extends well beyond checkboxes. We need to be adaptive. 


What keeps me up at night? It’s the knowledge that in the realm of cybersecurity, the only constant is change. Our adversaries are relentless, and we must also be in our pursuit to safeguard our organizations.