How to Ensure a Smooth Cybersecurity Transition During Executive Turnover

July 17, 2018 | BY Apptega


Every company experiences executive turnover at some point, and when that time comes, it is important that your entire structure isn’t interrupted by the change. This is especially true with your cybersecurity program. With security plans and information being as sensitive and broad in support of the business, bringing in a new CISO, CIO, or CTO can be difficult and disruptive. Therefore, it is imperative that a company establishes a program that is easily transferable no matter how often leadership changes.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in many organizations. When there is mobility and turnover averages between 18 to 36 months, it is hard to create concrete leadership and an established security plan, especially considering a sound security plan can take up to 3 years to develop. According to Kate Borten, president of the consultancy Marblehead Group, “any technology initiative is likely to be disrupted when there's no leadership, even if the new leader says, 'Don't stop what you're doing, but put it on pause until I can be brought up to speed and see if it's part of my agenda.' "

Without having a centralized platform to manage your security efforts, it is difficult for new leaders to transition seamlessly into their roles. Jim Wade, President of (ISC)2, states that "information security is getting to the point within corporate America that it has a major influence on how we do business. A lot of things come to us for the ultimate decision," making standardization of this process even more imperative for efficiency. Apptega provides incoming executives with a smooth transition into your company’s cybersecurity plan by offering one central location to house and manage your compliance.

Apptega delivers one-click reporting for assessments, audits, customer requests and Board presentations keeping all of your documents and your cybersecurity plan in one location. With the platform, companies won’t have to worry about the hassle of bringing a new executive up to speed, insuring that “you're not only communicating your road map to the incoming CIO, but to the IT organization and other lines of business,” says Jim Wade. Apptega's sharp dials, graphs, and charts ensure that it is easy to understand and make the transition flawless for both employees in the IT department and the incoming and outgoing executives.

It can be unpleasant having to change jobs or have a new boss with a different agenda.  The key to a successful transition is having a plan before the transition.  Set yourself up for success with Apptega. To learn more, check out the rest of our website or request a demo.

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