So just what can CISOs do to blend in better and gain more respect? 

For starters, they need to embrace the reality that almost all executives make risk-based decisions. With this in mind, CISOs can expand executive appetite for risk to include security technologies in support of business endeavors. CISOs should frame discussions to say that containing security risk improves the odds of good business outcomes. 

Despite challenges, it’s only a matter of time before even more CISOs sit on the boards of public companies, raising the level of awareness and understanding on how to manage the operational and business risks associated with cybersecurity governance.  In time, more experienced CISOs will be sought after to chair board of director risk committees, and that is a good thing. 

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