Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

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

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...

8 new roles today’s security team needs

8 new roles today’s security team needs

Demand for cybersecurity professionals remains sky-high. Make sure you're hiring for the right roles.

Undervalued and ineffective: Why security training programs still fall short

Undervalued and ineffective: Why security training programs still fall short

Research reveals a glaring disconnect between the need for security training and its perceived value. But organizations that have made their awareness programs a strategic priority and adopted more modern approaches are finding...

Diversity in security: How 3 organizations are making a difference—one relationship at a time

Diversity in security: How 3 organizations are making a difference—one relationship at a time

Taking a purposeful approach to diversity, security leaders bring programs, personal stories, and intentionality to changing the persistent low levels of Blacks and minorities in their profession.

Inside cybersecurity’s shelfware problem

Inside cybersecurity’s shelfware problem

Sometimes underutilization of security software and services is a deliberate, strategic choice; more often it's a cause for concern.

12 security career-killers (and how to avoid them)

12 security career-killers (and how to avoid them)

Don't let these missteps hamper your professional ambitions.

10 ways to prep for (and ace) a security job interview

10 ways to prep for (and ace) a security job interview

You've landed an interview for that security job you've had your eye on. Now prepare to land the job with these 10 techniques to get noticed and make an impression

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