Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

Mary K. Pratt is a freelance writer based in Massachusetts.

The CISO's guide to securely handling layoffs

5 risk management mistakes CISOs still make

5 risk management mistakes CISOs still make

Cybersecurity is now a board-level issue, but many organizations still struggle to get security risk management right.

10 ways to get more from your security budget

10 ways to get more from your security budget

In today's economic climate, CISOs have to make every penny count and maximize every dollar. Here’s how some do that.

10 markers of a great cybersecurity program

10 markers of a great cybersecurity program

How strong is your security program? These ten indicators will help you recognize greatness in your own organization and serve as a guide for what to look for in a partner.

6 security metrics that matter – and 4 that don’t

6 security metrics that matter – and 4 that don’t

The increasingly high stakes of getting security right and growing board interest means metrics are more important than ever. But there are some metrics that are more useful than others.

How to write an effective information security policy

How to write an effective information security policy

An information security policy is a high-level view of what should be done within a company in regard to information security. Here's how to create one that is an effective tool for improving your security posture.

The CSO's playbook for forging board relationships

The CSO's playbook for forging board relationships

Security is a board-level concern, but many aren’t confident they have the information and processes to provide effective governance. This nine-point plan will help you cement your role as a trusted advisor.

Hiring scarce security talent: 8 secrets to working with recruiters

Hiring scarce security talent: 8 secrets to working with recruiters

Recruiters can be a valuable resource, especially when you're looking to hire for specialized and in-demand skills. Here's how to make the most of the relationship.

Winning the war for cybersecurity talent

Winning the war for cybersecurity talent

Security leaders say they expect demand for talent to outstrip supply for at least the next several years. Your task: develop staffing plans that recognize that reality.

10 ways to kill your security career

10 ways to kill your security career

A breach won’t necessarily doom your career, but these missteps could hamper your professional ambitions.

The CISO’s newest responsibility: Building trust

The CISO’s newest responsibility: Building trust

Trust is becoming a differentiator in the marketplace, and CISOs who seek a more strategic role in their must engage the full range of stakeholders to build confidence that the organization has their best interests in mind.

Three strategies to prove security's value

Three strategies to prove security's value

How CISOs can identify and quantify security’s value in real dollars

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