Women with cybersecurity backgrounds earning seats on corporate boards

Bloomberg Business reports a sudden surge in women, with cybersecurity backgrounds, earning seats on corporate boards.  In early 2015, American International Group Inc. added Linda Mills to its board, attracted partly by her expertise in cybersecurity. In February, Wells Fargo & Co. selected Suzanne Vautrinot for its board for similar reasons. Before that, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. picked Janice Babiak. Bloomberg analyzed trends from the last five years, as data theft has risen to the top of corporate concerns, and found that 16 of the largest U.S. companies have appointed one or more directors with cybersecurity credentials, 10 of them…

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Escalating risks from cyberthreats requires new talent

A decade ago cybersecurity was almost an afterthought for corporate leaders. Today, as the escalating risk from cyberattacks for companies, consumers, and government bodies alike is documented daily, it is a pressing topic in the C-suite and boardrooms. While the threat varies by industry, all business sectors and all global regions must confront this critical management challenge. Cybersecurity tops the priority list, and companies are often adding a Chief Information Security Officer to partner with the CIO. Among the challenges is identifying and retaining leaders with skill sets as sophisticated, and capable of evolving as quickly, as the cyberthreat itself….

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