7 Cybersecurity Questions Every Leader Should Ask After the Equifax Breach

In an article by Forbes magazine, Theresa Payton identifies the key questions leaders should be asking in the wake of the Equifax Breach. Payton was a former CIO for the White House and currently is the CEO of Fortalice Solutions, a cybersecurity and intelligence consulting firm that helps businesses and government organizations protect themselves from emerging threats.

Theresa Payton

Theresa Payton

These are the questions she believes to be most important:

  1. Are you effectively monitoring your company to understand its possible vulnerabilities? This could be through a third party to physically and digitally track your company’s assets using open-source intelligence.
  2. Have you geo-fenced (set in place a virtual geographic boundary) the company and travel for executives?
  3. Have you defined your most important firm assets and developed a process to regularly think about the risk connected with these assets?
  4. What is your plan to prevent your worst cyber nightmare and should something happen, mitigate it?
  5. How aggressive do you want to be with turning off data to protect it, despite some operational disruptions?
  6. When was the last time that you got all parties together to discuss the plan in place and documented list of roles and responsibilities?
  7. When is the last time that you ran an exercise to test how human behavior interacts with the security plan?