How to Create Cybersecurity Reports That Reach the Board of Directors

Cybersecurity is a complicated, dynamic endeavor that demands efficient communication between all parties across the organization. Security executives must be able provide clear information about their progress, without getting bogged down in technical details. A lot of cybersecurity reports are complex, technical, and difficult to understand by the average reader. Security teams are prevented from communicating clearly about risks and security programs, which is crucial to preventing incidents and keeping your company safe.

When creating a cybersecurity report, it is important to remember that the primary audience is not the IT department but the board of directors. In order to make the report more appealing to the board, it should be focused on business risks rather than technology.

For instance, if the report reveals that outdated web server software is responsible for most of the business’s security risks, the report should present the information in a way that highlights the negative impact on the company and its bottom line. It’s also important to ensure that the information reported on security risks is comprehendible to non-technical audiences, especially as regulatory compliance and framework alignment are becoming a more pressing issue for many boards.

UpGuard has a library of templates that are optimized to meet the primary reporting requirements of the board and senior managers. These templates provide security performance insights that are commonly requested by the board, for example vendor summary reports that highlight the most important metrics, such as vulnerability management performance and third-party attack susceptibility and critical risk distribution, all of which are crucial in establishing a strong risk assessment and mitigation plan. These reports can be immediately produced and exported as slides eliminating the need for the preparation required for board meetings, and making it much easier to distribute the reports to the entire board.

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