SaaS-based solution enables CISOs to operationalize and continuously update security programs, create business alignment and simplify board reporting
Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division within the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and trusted innovator for the world’s most security-conscious organizations, today announced the U.S. availability of Secure Blueprint. With this first-to-market SaaS-based solution, chief information security officers (CISOs) are able to easily execute a business-driven cybersecurity program, prioritizing investments based on maturity and residual risk. This helps drive continuous improvement with seamless program monitoring and enables security leaders to clearly communicate business-focused priorities and outcomes. The result is a business-aligned security program that provides clear visibility to its current state, desired state and how they can close the gaps.
“CISOs have always been challenged to balance complex security needs against business priorities. Now that cybersecurity has the attention of the board and executive management teams, they need to start building tighter alignment and report on cyber programs along with other business investments,” said Rich Fennessy, chief executive officer, Kudelski Security. “Secure Blueprint is a first-of-its-kind platform that empowers the CISO to deliver results and effectively communicate with the board and other executives to show progress and forecast the anticipated results of budgets and initiatives on improving the cyber maturity of the enterprise.”
Introducing Cyber Business Management
A critical gap for most security leaders is the ability to centrally manage the vast number of components affecting enterprise security, then translate these complex programs into meaningful language that can be reviewed along with other business strategies. To that end, Kudelski Security has introduced the industry’s first Cyber Business Management Platform – Secure Blueprint. This pioneering product provides a centralized system for program management as well as easy-to-use dashboards that deliver a dynamic representation of cyber program maturity, enterprise risks and other information about which CISOs need to engage key stakeholders, allowing them to plan and prioritize cybersecurity investments.
“One cannot manage what one cannot measure,” stated Michael Suby, Stratecast vice president of research, Frost & Sullivan. “Such is the dilemma faced by CISOs and across multiple pain points: codifying status of cybersecurity plans, succinctly communicating with board members and coordinating with intra-company organizations. Simply, CISOs know what they want to measure and accomplish, but lack modern-day tools to visualize, measure, manage and report. With Kudelski Security’s Secure Blueprint, CISOs can overcome this dilemma.”
Secure Blueprint was inspired and designed by CISOs to automate and centralize essential program management functions and address the pain points they regularly experience, from strategy building to board reporting. The SaaS platform offers an intuitive interface that can be accessed from any secure internet browser and provides security leaders a comprehensive and accurate view of program maturity and risk, with views that help determine which investments to prioritize next.
The platform powers a shift from approaching security issues operationally to thinking more strategically and positions the CISO as a security leader who instills confidence among executive peers and boards of directors. Executive dashboards enable CISOs to communicate using risk-oriented language that is relevant to measuring business objectives and the effectiveness of their investments. Secure Blueprint dynamically demonstrates where they’ve started, where they are and the progress they are making toward their goals.
Secure Blueprint builds on proven industry strategy frameworks, such as NIST CSF, to provide software that enables CISOs to create business-aligned, agile cyber program plans. Using Secure Blueprint, CISOs are empowered to:
Qualitatively measure a cyber program’s maturity and residual risk – automated polling of key stakeholders within the organization provides an ongoing and accurate view of an organization’s current risk and maturity, while actively engaging key areas of the business in security planning.
Identify the biggest gaps in the program that require immediate investment – tracking key metrics allows faster and more accurate decision-making. Heatmaps allow CISOs to see areas of risk at a glance and to better determine how and where to prioritize investments.
Track cyber initiatives’ actual achievements vs. their forecasted results – dashboards allow the ability to define, measure progress and track the business outcomes of key initiatives and investments.
Create board-ready dashboards for more effective risk management communications – effective and clear communications with the board of directors is a critical component of every CISO’s duties. Being able to quickly construct a comprehensive board package with key metrics and quantifiable business values increases a board’s confidence in the program as well as its willingness to support security expenditures.
Continuously improve cybersecurity program – ability to make immediate adjustments to KPIs and dashboards based on evolving contexts, enabling companies to remain agile and realign their roadmap and investments accordingly.
“Engaging with CISOs over many years, I’ve observed themes related to the evolving cyber leadership role and the need for a better way to centrally manage and report on cyber programs. These are the tenets that defined the vision for Secure Blueprint,” said Mark Carney, vice president of global services, Kudelski Security. “By enabling cyber leadership to automate, centralize and operationalize program management functions, we empower executive leadership to collaborate on risk-based decisions and create an agile, business-aligned cyber program.”
Secure Blueprint helps create a true, business-driven cybersecurity strategy that is framed in risk management terms. It includes executive dashboards and dynamic roadmaps that show how initiatives align to strategies, which helps leaders prioritize and justify investment decisions to ensure that the program can be continuously refocused to evolving contexts.
Kudelski Security’s team of CxO Advisors are available to guide CISOs throughout the entire setup process. They will also perform cyber strategy assessments and quarterly reviews to discuss program effectiveness and facilitate business alignment with program priorities and initiatives.
For more information about the Secure Blueprint Cyber Business Management Platform, please visit: https://www.secure-blueprint.com
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
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(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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