Ten Quotes to Get Your Boss to Take IT Security Seriously

IT securityEvery IT professional knows it’s not enough to come up with an effective security strategy – you also have to convince your boss to sign off on it. This can be easier said than done. Sometimes otherwise very intelligent leaders just don’t seem to “get it” when it comes to the importance of cyber security. Whether you report to the Director of IT or the CEO, here are some quotes to get your boss to finally take IT security seriously.

When Your Boss Doesn’t Want to Spend the Money

“If you spend more time on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked.”

– Richard Clarke
White House Cybersecurity Advisor, 1992-2003

Nobody deserves to be hacked. That said, security is like everything else: you get what you pay for. Use this quote as a reminder for your boss to put their money with their mouth is.

When Your Boss Thinks Security is “Just an IT Issue”

“Thinking of cybersecurity solely as an IT issue is like believing that a company’s entire workforce, from the CEO down, is just one big HR issue.”

– Steven Chabinsky
Global Chair of Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity at White & Case LLP

For people in the C-suite, it’s tempting to compartmentalize everything. But when security is reduced to just the IT department, it’s a major mistake. Every person at the company is a potential avenue for a security breach, and therefore everyone must be trained and all of their systems secured in order to have any chance at achieving true security.

When Your Boss Doesn’t Get the Stakes

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”

 – Stéphane Nappo
Global Chief Information Security Officer
Société Générale International Banking

Executives and founders have generally been putting in long hours to build their organization over the course of decades. This quote is powerful because it frames the risk of a cyber security incident in terms of those years of hard work.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Nick Scheidies. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/security/boss-it-security-quotes/

Nick Scheidies

Nick Scheidies is a life-long of computer technology since he could first use a mouse and keyboard. In his role as Content Marketing Manager at JumpCloud, Nick has specialized in learning about identity security and cloud-based infrastructure for IT organizations.

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