Exploit Disruptive Security Trends for 2015

Don’t become a security headline due to something you didn’t know existed.

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Failure to evaluate upcoming security trends for the coming year can result in:

  • Increased number of security breaches and frequently becoming the new security headline, which will cause financial and reputational damage.
  • Ad hoc, firefighting style management of information security in the face of new business demands.
  • Losing the faith of the board or management as a trusted security advisor capable of contributing to the overall organizational strategy.

Being a future-oriented security professional will result in:

  • Better preparation for the future, with strong security controls.
  • Lowering your potential risk of a data breach.
  • Becoming a trusted advisor to senior management and the board.

Module 1: What should I be aware of?

The Purpose

  • Make the case on why you should not only be looking forward, but also proactively planning for disruptive security trends.
  • Assess disruptive security trends’ relevance to your organization through stakeholder assessments.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified specific project goals.
  • Determined trend relevance from educated stakeholders.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Present disruptive technology trend to business stakeholders.
  • Relevance of the technology trends to the business, as viewed by the business stakeholders.
1.2 Collect their input via a survey.
1.3 Present disruptive security trends (including technology trends, threats, and mitigation tactics) to all IT staff.
  • Relevance of all the security trends, as viewed by the IT and IT security staff.
1.4 Collect their input via a survey.

Module 2: What is relevant to me?

The Purpose

  • Assess current security maturity and capability levels.
  • Identify and prioritize actionable disruptive security opportunities based on trend relevance and company risk profile.
  • Determine security actions specific to each trend.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Evaluated current security controls and determined future requirements.
  • Prioritized trend-specific actions.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assess your risk profile.
  • Risk profile and security assessment of your organization’s controls.
2.2 Assess current security control capabilities and maturity levels.
  • Prioritization of the security trends, along with specific actions for your organization.
2.3 Prioritize trends, threats, and tactics to properly allocate your time and develop specific actions.

Module 3: How do I communicate this?

The Purpose

  • Create an action-oriented communication plan to gain stakeholder buy-in.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Customized communication plan.
  • Gained stakeholder buy-in.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Identify goals and objectives for your communication plan.
  • Identified goals and objectives.
3.2 Determine who your stakeholders are and what they need to know.
  • Identified stakeholders and the pertinent information to each audience group.
3.3 Evaluate your communication methods.
  • Set communication plan to raise awareness and gain buy in from your stakeholders.
3.4 Communicate the security issues with your stakeholders.

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