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  • ENISA - European Network and Information Security Agency
  • P.O. Box 1309
  • 71001 Heraklion, Crete
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How do you open the CEOs’ eyes for security? EU Agency report launched on how to get the support and funding for security initiatives from corporate executives

How do you get the CEO to open the wallet?

(PresseBox) (Heraklion, Crete, ) The EU Agency ENISA (The European Network and Information Security Agency) launches a report on how to convince the CEO to support and invest in security initiatives. The Agency issues 9 recommendations on how to overcome obstacles, identifies 7 hands-on advice to get a buy-in in a senior management meeting, and gives 5 cases studies to identify key problems, issues and solutions in the report ‘Obtaining support and funding from senior management’ for awareness raising initiatives.

The costs of lost data due to human errors is almost 30% according to Pepperdine University, (where 40% is attributed to hardware failure, and software corruption/viruses amounts to only 19%). So how do you get your CEO to understand that security and the ‘soft’ element of awareness raising is crucial for business, and to open the corporate coffers for investments? The ENISA paper points out obstacles and challenges to obtain support and funding from senior management and provides practical advice on how to overcome these issues during the planning and implementation phases of an information security programme.

Five areas are identified as being crucial to obtain corporate security investments, in brief:

1. Define the investment rationale and the right stakeholders.
2. Build a persuasive business case to make senior management better understand the value of the investment to obtain funding and commitment.
3. Estimation of programme costs: allows organisations to identify the most common expenses which may incur and make rough estimates.
4. Linking business benefits to an information security initiative, define and calculate performance metrics.
5. Detail a typical path to face a corporate executive in a senior management briefing. Effective communication is critical: the right information should be delivered at the right time, in the right manner, preferably 6-12 months ahead the project.

The Executive Director of ENISA, Mr. Andrea Pirotti analysed: "Making CEO’s understand that security is crucial for business and a corporate matter, not merely an ICT issue, is key, but not a trivial exercise. This is a guide for European business how to anchor the Return Of Investments in security and make it to a business case."

ENISA - European Network and Information Security Agency

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) is an agency of the European Union. ENISA was created in 2004 by EU Regulation No 460/2004 and is fully operational since September 1st, 2005. It has its seat in Heraklion, Crete (Greece).

The objective of ENISA is to improve network and information security in the European Union. The agency has to contribute to the development of a culture of network and information security for the benefit of the citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector organisations of the European Union, and consequently will contribute to the smooth functioning of the EU Internal Market.

ENISA assists the Commission, the Member States and, consequently, the business community in meeting the requirements of network and information security, including present and future Community legislation. ENISA ultimately strives to serve as a centre of expertise for both Member States and EU Institutions to seek advice on matters related to network and information securit
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