Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

Northwestern Mutual’s Laura Deaner: Resist the urge to solve stuff fast

FSU’s university-wide resiliency program focuses on doing the basics better

FSU’s university-wide resiliency program focuses on doing the basics better

An audit showing inadequate disaster recovery plans in many of the university’s 307 administrative units was the stick CISO Bill Hunkapiller needed to advance a centralized, streamlined resiliency program.

Seven strategies for building a great security team

Seven strategies for building a great security team

The dangers of a dysfunctional security team are easy to imagine, ranging from difficulty attracting and retaining talent to putting your organization at risk. These seven steps can make a world of difference.

The new math of cybersecurity value

The new math of cybersecurity value

An increasing number of CISOs are devising a new set of metrics to show how they’re impacting risk at their organizations.

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.

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