When the WannaCry ransomware attack was launched in May, it shocked businesspeople around the world. But security experts will tell you that it was just part of a larger, ongoing trend in which cyberattacks are constantly evolving—and becoming more sophisticated.
Dealing with cybersecurity challenges is an unending battle. But CEOs can take steps to help ensure that their organizations are ready—and a good starting point is a comprehensive view of the issue. Cybersecurity needs to encompass people, processes and technologies, says T. Casey Fleming, CEO of the BLACKOPS Partners security firm in Washington, D.C., and it needs to receive top management’s attention. “This needs to be led and driven by the CEO and board,” he says.