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4 Reasons CISOs Can’t Protect Executives’ Personal Digital Lives

It’s a common misconception that it’s the CISO’s responsibility to ensure business leaders are protected in all aspects of their digital life, including personal life. After all, a cyberattack on an executive can be an attack on the business.

At BlackCloak, we believe that the work of CISOs should not prevail outside of corporate walls. Indeed, we frequently state that “for privacy and compliance reasons, CISOs cannot solve the problem of protecting executives in their personal digital lives, even if they wanted to.”

But what are these privacy and compliance boundaries? And why do they present a problem that no CISO or enterprise cybersecurity solution can solve?

Here are five reasons why you can’t task your employees with protecting your executives in their personal digital lives.

1. Overload

If you use company personnel to protect executives in their personal lives, the people responsible for keeping an executive safe online at home or on the road would be required to act as agents of organization 24x7x365. Not only is this task time-consuming, but it also creates an undue burden of responsibility and accountability for this member of the security team.

Consider this scenario: A security analyst decides to use corporate tools to monitor an executive’s personal computer for potential risks. While doing so, he notices that confidential company documents are being sent to his Gmail account and viewed and downloaded on that device (a common practice known as corporate sneaker).

This observation creates a dilemma. Company rules state that the analyst should report the observation to HR as a potential violation of the company’s privacy and data privacy policy. This, in turn, creates a problem for HR. The executive was likely accessing the information in good faith, unaware of the security risk of storing sensitive documents on an unprotected personal device. What should they do?

Unfortunately, there is no clear solution to a problem like this. It’s a violation of company policy, but the executive was only trying to do their job.

2. Potential for Discrimination or Damage to Reputation

Personal inboxes or social media feeds offer insight into personal ideologies, whether political, religious or cultural. Executives rarely want this information made public, and they certainly don’t want any member of the security team finding out.

However, if the security team discovers, through routine risk analysis, that the executive or a family member supports a controversial cause, that information could be shared internally. In addition to damaging the manager’s reputation, the information can also be used to discriminate against that manager if his or her point of view is incompatible with the values ​​of the company or those of its employees.

3. Ethical risk for employees

Protecting the cybersecurity and online privacy of executives in their non-work lives is hands-on work. A member of the security team should meet regularly with the executive to ensure that their personal devices, home network, credentials, and other vulnerable assets are secure. Additionally, since family members share the same network and devices, the team member must also be know their digital habits.

For many organizations, this level of privacy would be considered inappropriate.

4. Declaration of liabilities

To protect critical industries and national infrastructure, many companies must report cybersecurity incidents to the SEC or the federal government. But what if this incident is the result of cyber sloppy manners by executives at home?

Any CISO, legal counsel, or compliance officer would be reluctant to flag an executive, their family, or even the internal employee in charge of their digital protection as a cyber liability.

Leave executive protection to the experts

In addition to the reasons cited above, it is important to remember that no organization has the authority to impose security controls or enforce security and privacy policies in the homes of its leaders. As such, a clear divide exists between an executive’s digital work life and their non-professional digital life. Even if the executive and the family agreed, the legal teams would not allow them to monitor personal networks and devices due to privacy concerns.

Call it a separation of church and state or think “Breakupthe Apple TV+ show where workers go through a “firing” process to create a version of themselves that only exists at work and is separate from their non-work selves. and their teams can’t protect leaders in their personal digital lives, even if they wanted to.

That’s why BlackCloak pioneered digital executive protection. Our Concierge Cybersecurity and privacy™ Platform helps reduce cybersecurity risks for executives in their personal digital lives, without impacting their productivity or privacy.

BlackCloak also relieves the burden of protecting security team executives. As a SaaS platform with premium concierge support, BlackCloak is simple and seamless, making it easy for executives to monitor real-time activity with the help of a simple phone call.

Plus, BlackCloak is frictionless, highly personalized, and seamlessly integrates into family life without onerous rules or checks. Executives and their families can even see an advantage!

If you’re wondering what more you can do to protect your leaders, step back and let BlackCloak do the work.

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