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What companies must know about cyber threats & security

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In Episode 8 of Lead the Future, I spoke with Mark Sangster, Vice President and Industry Security Strategist at eSentire. Mark is a cyber security evangelist and is an award-winning speaker at international conferences. He’s also the author of the new book “NO SAFE HARBOR: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How to Protect Your Business.” In our conversation, Mark discusses how a “communications gap” between technical experts and business leaders poses a cyber security threat to businesses, how the shift to remote work during the pandemic led to an increased prevalence of cyber-attacks, and why leaders must view IT problems as organizational risk management problems. Additionally, Mark provides some strategies that businesses of all sizes can employ to mitigate cyber threats.

The headlines focus on the big household brands that we know, like travel companies, hotels, and banks. The reality is that’s the tip of the iceberg; what’s below the surface is all those smaller mid-sized manufacturers, healthcare facilities, law firms, etc. They’re the ones that actually take the brunt of cyber-attacks, but they simply don’t know that they’re a target.

Meet the leader: Mark Sangster, Vice President at eSentire

Mark Sangster is an award-winning speaker at international conferences, an author on various subjects related to cyber security, and is a regular contributor to several leading industry publications (CSO Magazine, SC Magazine, LegalTech News). Mark’s 25-year career was established with industry giants like Intel Corporation, BlackBerry, and Cisco Systems. His thought-provoking work and perspective on shifting risk trends have influenced industry thought leaders, and he is a go-to subject matter expert on data breach events for leading publications and media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The CBC.

Leadership Insights to Pay Attention to

  • How a communications gap between technical experts and business leaders poses a cyber security threat to businesses.
  • Why IT problems must be viewed as organizational risk management problems.
  • Strategies that leaders can employ to mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks.
  • Mark’s advice for future leaders having to navigate the world of cyber security.

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