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This is the first episode in Focal Point's Practitioner Interview Series, in which Focal Point experts sit down with real-world security leaders to discuss strategies for overcoming common security challenges. Drew Simonis, Deputy CISO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, graciously sat down with Focal Point's Justin Avery to discuss his strategy on hiring, training, and retaining employees on his cybersecurity team.

An Interview with HPE’s Drew Simonis: Cyber Workforce Development

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Focal Point Data Risk Names New CFO

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Tips for Improving Data Privacy Conversations in the Boardroom

When you add up business disruptions, productivity and revenue losses, settlements, fines, and penalties, the average cost to a company not compliant with data protection, state, federal, international, or industry regulations is around $15 million. With a skyrocketing number of new data protection laws (e.g., the CCPA, the GDPR, Japan’s APPI, and China’s National Data Protection Standard), your board of directors can no longer afford to ignore data privacy. While board members have a duty to protect their organization, their longstanding view of compliance as an expense to be minimized (with the average compliance program costing $5 million) has led many boards to de-prioritize investments in data protection. This short-sighted strategy can create a number of serious risks for your organization. As a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) or security, legal, or compliance leader, you are now responsible for educating your board on your organization’s approach to data privacy, the impact of privacy risk on the business, and the potential negative outcomes of not investing in privacy. To help facilitate better board-level conversations around data privacy, we’ll address the common misconceptions board members have about data privacy, tips you can leverage when addressing the board, and ways to improve conversations around data privacy in the boardroom.

Jeremy Archer

Jeremy is the Director of Focal Point’s Penetration Testing practice, with over 20 years of information technology and security experience.
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