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ICIT Fellow Perspective - The Role of Cybersecurity Leaders as Educators

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

In continued support of our mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders, ICIT asked some of the brightest minds in national security, cybersecurity, and technology to author essays communicating their perspective. Our goal is to share their knowledge and insights with our community to shed light on solutions to the technology, policy, and human challenges facing the cybersecurity community. Our hope is that their words will motivate, educate, and inspire you to take on the challenges facing your organizations.

ICIT Fellow Perspective Essay Authored by Jim Routh

Several decades ago, cybersecurity leaders, then called information security leaders, were accountable for providing a single course on information security for all enterprise employees, encouraging them to act with security awareness. Today, dozens of enterprise stakeholders require unique and specific educational content on cybersecurity practices. Stakeholders include board members, senior executives, IT leaders, DevOps teams, IT auditors, architects, engineers, and analysts, among others. Providing stakeholders with the educational capabilities to learn and practice essential skills is called cyber resilience, and it is a key aspect of cybersecurity. Imagine enterprise cyber resilience as the immune system that relies on behaviors and processes to effectively respond to cyber incidents. This immune system must apply the lessons learned from prior incidents to improve practices and controls, thereby creating a stronger future defense.

In this ICIT Fellow Perspective Essay, Jim Routh, Chief Security Advisor, Virsec, discusses how cybersecurity leaders can act as educators to evangelize cyber-hygiene, improve cyber security, and attract and retain cyber talent.

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