Mary K. Pratt

Contributing Writer

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

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

Top 10 in-demand cybersecurity skills for 2021

Top 10 in-demand cybersecurity skills for 2021

The list of needed security skills is long and growing. Here's what experts say is driving the demand.

Building stronger multicloud security: 3 key elements

Building stronger multicloud security: 3 key elements

If complexity is the enemy of security, multicloud presents a formidable foe. Here, experts offer advice on rising to the challenges of securing multicloud environments.

Do you have a security tools gap?

Do you have a security tools gap?

Studies show that most CISOs think they have a security tools gap, but a deeper dive into the issue uncovers a much more complex dynamic.

6 security shortcomings that COVID-19 exposed

6 security shortcomings that COVID-19 exposed

The pandemic is constantly testing the strength of enterprise security; it has also revealed numerous weak spots.

The CISO’s newest responsibility: Building trust

The CISO’s newest responsibility: Building trust

Leading CISOs have already embraced the concept of trust as a deliverable and indeed are making it the central theme of their entire security function.

Taking aim at the cybersecurity skills shortage: 5 approaches to closing the gap

Taking aim at the cybersecurity skills shortage: 5 approaches to closing the gap

Programs have emerged to draw professionals into the field and prepare them for jobs, but their task is daunting.

What it takes to be a transformational CISO

What it takes to be a transformational CISO

The skills and traits of effective change leaders.

Eli Lilly security finds strength in flexibility in WFH shift

Eli Lilly security finds strength in flexibility in WFH shift

CISO Meredith Harper shares the greatest challenges her organization faced in the wide-scale move to work-from-home and lessons learned that will outlast the pandemic.

10 value-adds that CISOs can deliver

10 value-adds that CISOs can deliver

Savvy security chiefs are generating returns for their organizations beyond enabling secure business operations. Here's how they do it.

Threat hunting explained: Taking an active approach to defense

Threat hunting explained: Taking an active approach to defense

Threat hunting is the practice of proactively searching for threats that are hiding in an organization's systems – before they attack.

How to make your security team more business savvy

How to make your security team more business savvy

CISOs are finding ways to inject more business skills into their teams through recruitment, training and staffing strategies that broaden workers’ horizons — strategies that they say are paying off with stronger security and better...

PCI compliance: 4 steps to properly scope a PCI assessment

PCI compliance: 4 steps to properly scope a PCI assessment

Although it might sound straightforward, scoping a PCI assessment can be a challenge even for experienced organizations. Experts offer their best advice for avoiding PCI missteps.

10 essential negotiation tactics CISOs should know

10 essential negotiation tactics CISOs should know

Lose that winner takes all mentality and build your negotiation muscle with advice from security leaders and negotiation experts.

Rethinking security hiring: How COVID-19 is changing talent acquisition

Rethinking security hiring: How COVID-19 is changing talent acquisition

Staffing needs remain high, forcing companies to adapt their recruiting and onboarding practices — often for the better.

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