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The Uber CISO Trial Is A Warning For Security Leaders


By Guy Golan, CEO and co-founder of the Performanta Group


It won't happen to me! Security professionals know this reaction—usually spoken by executives, business chiefs and customers who believe they are not a likely target for cybercrime. If only cybercrime was that discriminating. But while the security world can shake heads at such misguided beliefs, we may be doing the same thing.


Ask yourself: when a court found a former Uber security executive guilty of concealing a breach, did you pause, or did you say, 'It won't happen to me.'?


Yet it can, and every CISO, CSO and security manager needs to pay close attention. This court case is a watershed moment in the industry. Many things will change as a result. It's crucial that anyone in a security leadership position note where they stand and how they can improve their position.


Specifically, I'd expect CISOs and other senior cybersecurity leaders to appreciate they are more exposed than they think. They should start talking to their employers about closer business alignment, career development that improves their business understanding, clearer legal advice and protection, and insurance to cover unexpected problems that will arise from complex cybercrime risks.


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