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Mark Gelhardt: CISOs Should Double as Tech Experts, Business Partners

CyberCrimeKeyboardMark Gelhardt, a principal at Atlanta-based Cyber Exercises, has urged enterprises to build cybersecurity strategies in order to increase awareness and help mitigate attacks, GSN reported Wednesday.

Ashley Bennett writes Gelhardt, who served as chief information security officer under the Clinton administration, said one step to strengthen readiness is to elevate the CISO’s supporting role as a technology expert into a business partner.

He discussed the issue of cyber preparedness following an open source Cyber Exercises public training exercise at a military facility, Ashley Bennett writes.

“(The exercise) is about cause and effect and showing executives how these incidents can affect your bottom line,” Gelhardt said, noting that the activity also offers companies suggestions on how to respond to attacks.

The demonstration involved simulated cyber attacks based on real-world scenarios and was attended by executives, insurance professionals, FBI personnel, county police and emergency medical services workers.

Gelhardt also mentioned automation’s role in expanding business risk profiles and said cyber criminals have shifted their targets from large corporations to small and medium enterprises.

He also described cyber attacks as business activity that targets bank transfers and intellectual property.

“You can buy malicious code online and hire someone to execute it. You do not need to know how to do anything anymore,” he said.

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