How to Create Cybersecurity Reports That Reach the Board of Directors

Cybersecurity is a complex and dynamic field that requires efficient communication between all parties throughout the company. Whether it’s keeping data secure and reducing risk, or communicating with the board and C-Suite regarding the current threats and risks, security professionals must be competent in providing clear information on their progress, without getting bogged down in technical details. However, many cybersecurity reports are too technical complicated, detailed, and unintelligible to the average reader and prevent security teams from engaging in the clear communication about risk and security programs that is essential to avoiding incidents and keeping the organization safe.

When creating a cyber-security report, it’s crucial to remember that the principal audience isn’t just the IT department, but the board of directors. To make the report more appealing to the board, it should concentrate on the business risk rather than technology.

If, for instance the report reveals that outdated software is responsible for the majority of the attack surface in the enterprise It is important to draw attention to the negative effects on the bottom line. It’s also important to make sure that reporting on security threats is easily comprehendible to non-technical audiences particularly since framework alignment and compliance with regulations are becoming a more pressing issue for many boards.

UpGuard has a library of templates that have been optimized to meet the main reporting requirements of the board and the senior management. These templates consolidate security performance insight commonly requested by the board, such as vendor summary reports that focus on the most important metrics, such as vulnerability management performance as well as the susceptibility of third-party attackers to attack and critical risk distribution and are crucial in establishing a strong risk assessment and mitigation process. These reports can be created quickly and then exported as PowerPoint slides, which eases the need to prepare for board meetings.

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