CISOs, Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture with These Resources

There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. The average cost of a data breach in 2020 is expected to exceed $150 million. And by 2021, there will be more than 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. No enterprise is safe from an attack.  

Because of that, CISOs realize as they evolve business operations to better serve customers, such progression has unintended security consequences and compromises. With strapped resources (both human and financial), how can CISOs in commercial sectors DO MORE to up their cybersecurity posture WITH LESS? The answer lies in the human-power to control systems, processes, and technologies.   

CISOs in every industry realize technologies and “one-and-done traditional training” cannot keep companies safe—but with the properly skilled individuals taking the reins to leverage those technologies optimally, the human-side of cybersecurity can minimize the skills gap and frequent attacks.  

Resource Roundup 

We’ve taken the liberty of publishing several articles to help CISOs “do more with less” to strengthen their cybersecurity posture. We understand you’ve spent lots of time and resources developing your teams. And they’re doing the best they can with the resources they have. Still, to amplify their success, ongoing training can help—and we hope these articles help, too.   

  1. Help wanted: Combatting the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage 
  2. Modernizing Cyber Ranges for Professional Learning 
  3. How to Tell if your Cyber Posture is Prone to an Attack
  4. Cybercrime Incidents in the Financial Services Sector 
  5. Why We Can’t Keep Ignoring Cyber Fatigue 
  6. How Continuous Learning Can Help Upskill Cyber Teams 
  7. Why Gamification is the Answer You’ve Been Looking For 
  8. The Benefits of Active Learning in Cyber Training  

Growing Cybersecurity Challenges  

CISOs and their teams are challenged to keep pace with evolving cyber threats due to staffing shortages, resource constraints, strategy misalignment. Not to mention the continuous threat of attacks on industries with interconnected technologies. In fact, 70% of cybersecurity professionals claim their organization is impacted by the skills shortage; With spending expected to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021 and 74% of C-suite executives failing to involve CISOs the leadership table, this makes the job of the CISO incredibly difficult. That is why Circadence is dedicated to helping CISOs DO MORE WITH LESS—because we understand the arduous uphill climb they face (and will continue to face) if something is not done.   


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There’s Still Time to Up Your Cybersecurity Posture 

If cyber teams cannot upskill and keep pace with evolving threats, commercial sectors will continue to be hacked. Customers will not only lose trust in these institutions that aim to protect them and make their daily lives functional, but they simply won’t be able to operate efficiently, economies will suffer, and more.   

However, for enterprises that have experienced an attack, it’s not too late to invest in cyber training to prevent another. Doing nothing after an attack is the worst possible response. With failure comes opportunity to enhance resiliency on both a company-wide level, as well as at an employee-specific level. Investing in training tells hackers the attack attempt stops at its people first.  

For enterprises that have not experienced an attack, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” it will occur. Digitalization and limited human resources make company’s front lines vulnerable and appealing to hackers. Now is the time to be proactive and empower cyber teams to train against hackers in a way that doesn’t require time-consuming travel, expenses, and other resources—simply a willingness to learn, grow, and upskill to better the company and themselves.   

Circadence wants to change how cyber professionals prepare for, protect, and defend against evolving cyber threats. We hope these, and future resources will help CISOs and cybersecurity leaders take proactive steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture by training their teams and their entire organization, without the costly burden of traditional training courses.   

Learn the Three A’s for Enhanced Cyber Awareness

We’re constantly learning at Circadence. Learning what’s new and effective in cyber training. Understanding what our customers need and want in a cyber training platform. Discovering the issues that still keep them up at night. Learning how to improve our products to meet demands of a dynamic industry. What continues to emerge in our research are three pieces of advice (below) that direct CISOs to a place where they’re confident in their level of cyber awareness, which allows for better collaboration with their team and business stakeholders, and creates stronger protection for their organization against evolving cyber threats.   


CISOs know the first step in having better cyber awareness requires an understanding of how to measure security. There is a need for the ability to assess the current state of cybersecurity in the organization. Now, this may not include a need to “assess” their current staffing quantity (especially if it’s just plain lean). However, they can assess other things that keep them up at night. Things like unpatched systems, outdated applications, BYOD security and IoT threats, etc. Or they can look at current access controls to see who’s using what and when and how. They can assess past breaches (if applicable) to understand what happened and how it was resolved. Or assess how digital and physical security policies are being followed by taking informational polls or facilitating interviews with authorized personnel. All of these things will help CISOs understand the basic warning signs and best practices for keeping the company safe. 


Your infosecurity vision, mission, and goals should align with the company’s overall business objectives. The goal is to support the business, not stand separate from it. Currently, CISOs spend most of their time responding to threats instead of taking a “big picture” view of their department. As a result, it becomes difficult to collaborate with business leaders to define and assess their level of cyber awareness. Not to mention report and communicate the overall effectiveness of the strategy. This lack of visibility to the C-Suite stifles the perception of organizational risk and security. To expand perceptions, CISOs can begin aligning with the C-suite by providing 1) practical knowledge of the current threat environment, 2) demonstrating how their cybersecurity strategy reflects business objectives and 3) working with stakeholders to build out a data risk dashboard that reports on progress. 


Active or adaptive learning is when individuals learn by doing. Research shows it helps learners be more engaged, empowered, excited, and shows they possess deep, conceptual understandings of topics learned. Active learning may involve collaborating with teams and applying concepts to real-world exercises/scenarios, which studies show improve retention rates by 75%, compared to 5% through traditional learning methods. As a result, organizations are finding ways to use active learning to cultivate a successful workforce. In fact, the Association for Talent Development’s “Personalized and Adaptive Learning” whitepaper reported that 83% of its respondents used some degree of personalized learning among their staff. In particular, cyber pros have begun implementing this method in the form of gamified cybersecurity training.


These three action-items are just the tip of the cyber awareness iceberg, but, when faced with a challenge, the hardest part is getting started.  

We hope our research saves you time in identifying strategic next steps so you can focus on finding the right tools and technology to help you create a culture of cyber awareness that thrives in the face of evolving threats.