Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

The new math of cybersecurity value

8 pitfalls that undermine security program success

8 pitfalls that undermine security program success

Don’t let these easy-to-overlook mistakes trip up your security strategy.

CISOs’ 15 top strategic priorities for 2021

CISOs’ 15 top strategic priorities for 2021

Mitigating third-party risk, baking security into the development process, defending against ransomware attacks, keeping pace with digital transformation efforts—these are just a few things that are top-of-mind for CISOs today.

CISO job satisfaction: Finding meaning in the mission

CISO job satisfaction: Finding meaning in the mission

The top security job is highly stressful and sometimes thankless, but it can also provide great satisfaction—especially for mission-driven CISOs.

How long-term hybrid work is changing security strategies

How long-term hybrid work is changing security strategies

CISOs across industries are revisiting the stopgap security tools and the temporary policies they enacted to quickly enable remote work to replace them with stronger permanent solutions. But the old rules no longer apply.

6 resume mistakes CISOs still make

6 resume mistakes CISOs still make

The top security job has evolved from a technology-focused role into an executive position. Does your resume reflect that shift?

10 things to do now to reduce the cost of your next data breach

10 things to do now to reduce the cost of your next data breach

Taking these steps will save money, time, and reputation when that next breach hits.

Ransomware response: What CISOs really want from the federal government

Ransomware response: What CISOs really want from the federal government

What should the federal government's role and responsibility be regarding ransomware? Security leaders weigh in.

What CISOs really want from security vendors

What CISOs really want from security vendors

Less risk? Better security? Value for dollars spent? Check, check, and check. But of all the things CISOs want from security vendors, trusted partnership tops the list. Here's how leading CISOs find and foster those relationships.

How to write a cyberthreat report executives can really use

How to write a cyberthreat report executives can really use

As savvy CISOs know, a well-crafted and well-timed cyberthreat report can help executives grasp what’s happening in the world of cybersecurity—and it just might replace those late-night phonecalls.

Attracted to disaster: Secrets of crisis CISOs

Attracted to disaster: Secrets of crisis CISOs

In the aftermath of a security incident, new CISOs are often appointed to take over and lead through the chaos. Here are the skills and traits experts say these crisis CISOs need—and how to prepare yourself to rise to the occasion.

How the Lift mentoring program gives women in cybersecurity a leg up

How the Lift mentoring program gives women in cybersecurity a leg up

The Executive Women's Forum's Lift program connects mentees working in information security, risk management, and privacy with mentors who can help them blaze their own trails. For individuals in the program, the career impact can be...

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