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In Cyber, Who Do We Trust to Protect the Business?

"If business leaders and directors continue to view cybersecurity as mainly a matter for the IT department," National Association of Corporate Directors President and CEO Peter Gleason writes on Dark Reading (March 16), "they will leave their companies exposed to significant risks." He asserts that responsibility for cyber threats no longer lies solely with IT departments, but also with top executives and corporate directors. Ever since the 2014 release of the NACD Director's Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, NACD has positioned itself as a leading advocate for board-level cyber risk oversight. Gleason notes, "NACD's most recent annual governance survey of public-company directors highlights the ongoing discomfort board members experience when it comes to cyber literacy." The poll shows that just 19 percent of directors believe they have a high-level understanding of the risks associated with cybersecurity. Gleason touted NACD's efforts to create the first credentialed course dedicated to board member cyber literacy. The NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program was launched in concert with Ridge Global and the CERT Division of the SEI.

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