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On Oct. 30, 2023, the SEC charged SolarWinds and its CISO, Timothy G. Brown, with “fraud and internal control failures relating to allegedly known cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities.” On the heels of the FTC case against Uber’s former CSO Joe Sullivan, these legal cases have generated a lot of discussion and concern among CISOs and cybersecurity professionals.
This checklist of best practices is designed to help CISOs and cybersecurity leaders avoid actual or perceived missteps that could lead to allegations of fraud or failure of internal controls. While not a guaranteed approach, these best practices can help improve cybersecurity and be used in audits or investigations to demonstrate diligence in cybersecurity leadership.
Demand the right to review and edit any public-facing organization communications (SEC filings), marketing materials, website, etc.) that address cybersecurity or cybersecurity-related topics.
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While it is going to take time to determine the true implications of the SolarWinds legal case, following this checklist will help cybersecurity leaders continue to do their best to protect their organizations and themselves.
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