A harmonious synergy emerges at the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, risk management, and business operations.
Redefine cybersecurity and risk management by enhancing that synergy by integrating security, leadership, culture, and risk into business operations.
Embark on a transformative journey to enhance organizational resilience, gain a competitive edge, and build consumer trust.
Harmonize cybersecurity and risk management with core business objectives, driving enduring success.
Enable leaders, contributors, and entire teams to amplify security initiatives — fortifying the very foundation of the business.
Integrate security and risk management into your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, forging a brand of reliability and trust.
A robust security culture thrives when leaders embrace ‘Extreme Ownership’ and ‘Servant Leadership.’ This combination nurtures a security mindset that goes beyond checkboxes and striving to be compliant, effectively reducing risks and enhancing business resilience.
Leaders wholeheartedly commit to this principle, recognizing that accountability starts at the top. By embracing complete responsibility for both successes and challenges, they set the tone for the entire organization. This unwavering commitment ensures that teams are not only equipped but also empowered and directed towards common objectives, making security a shared mission rather than a mere checklist.
From the foundation of Extreme Ownership, a shared vision comes to life—a dynamic call to action interwoven with business objectives and security responsibilities. This collective vision unites all team members, grounding them in mutual business and risk goals. Each individual fully understands their pivotal role in security and risk management. This shared commitment fosters a culture where every member embraces ownership of security and risk, fortifying resilience across the organization.
Servant Leadership complements Extreme Ownership with leaders serving the team. Members feel valued, heard, and motivated by prioritizing the team's needs. This approach aligns with the shared vision by providing the guidance and tools necessary for success. Servant leaders empower and enable each team member to actively contribute towards the common security and risk goals, reinforcing the culture of business success with resilience.
Frontline individuals, independent oversight and governance, and rigorous audit validation form a three-tiered approach to effective risk management. This cooperative yet distinct model offers executive leaders enhanced risk visibility and ensures thorough assessment, challenge, and validation of risk mitigation efforts.
Front-line Discovery: Ideal—front-line individuals, deeply embedded in daily operations, swiftly detect and resolve issues.
Risk Team Discovery: Positive outcome—risk management experts identify issues and work with the frontline to correct control issues.
Auditor Discovery: Proactive—auditors offer an external, unbiased perspective, driving improvements.
Regulator Discovery: Alert—regulators signal concerns, an opportunity to evaluate if a strategic correction is warranted.
Post-Incident Discovery: Critical—realized risks require immediate action for damage control and recovery.
Legal Repercussions: Undesirable—early detection and mitigation are paramount to avoid legal consequences and protect the organization.
Led by committed top leadership, a culture that integrates security and risk into business operations and recognizes resilience as a facet of corporate social responsibility enhances employee satisfaction and boosts consumer trust and confidence. This culture achieves these goals through agility, prevention, and early detection.
Top-down influence seamlessly integrates security into the corporate fabric. It ensures business resilience, promoting proactive actions and transparent reporting of security issues. This culture cultivates risk awareness, enhancing the organization's resilience against evolving threats.
Ongoing training and education are crucial, ensuring employees grasp both general security threats and those specific to their roles. It goes beyond annual checkbox awareness training, becoming an integral part of the business. This creates a vigilant workforce naturally and actively defending against potential threats.
Establishing clear channels for reporting security incidents or potential risks ensures prompt communication. This enables an environment where employees feel comfortable reporting risk, facilitating swift threat identification and mitigation before harm occurs.
ntegrating security into the fabric of daily operations, from project inception through the end of life, including operations management, enhances organizational resilience, reduces costs, prevents delays, and safeguards the organization's reputation.
There’s a pervasive misconception that effective cybersecurity solutions must be inherently complex, financially burdensome, and inevitably disruptive to daily business operations. While certain challenges may necessitate planning and investment, many issues can be addressed through affordable, less complex measures with minimal impact on daily business activities. Success lies in achieving a harmonious balance.
Relying solely on technical capabilities doesn’t provide a complete picture of an organization’s risk posture or create security. Comprehensive documentation complements and enhances technology by addressing non-technical aspects of security operations. Solid documentation:
Demonstrates Commitment: Tangible evidence of cybersecurity dedication instills confidence in stakeholders.
Saves Money and Ensures Compliance: Vital for regulatory requirements and can reduce insurance costs.
Enhances 3rd Party Relationships: Strengthens partnerships and reduces the impact of incidents on customers.
Boosts Operational Efficiency: Streamlines practices and reduces security flaws or errors.
Supports Performance Assessment: Sets benchmarks for evaluating effectiveness and enables quick adjustments.
Enables Adaptation and Resilience: Facilitates proactive adaptation to evolving threats, staying ahead of attacks.
Meet Todd, a cybersecurity expert with a strong educational foundation who holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and is pursuing an MBA, set to graduate in early 2024.
Todd holds a range of certifications, including the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and more. He also possesses various public safety and FEMA Emergency Management credentials.
His career as a financial services information security leader and cybersecurity executive consultant spans Digital Forensics, Incident Response, Cyberthreat Intelligence, Risk Assessment, and Business Information Security Officer roles. Todd excels in developing and refining comprehensive information security programs, navigating complex regulations, especially in the financial sector, and enhancing control capabilities.
What sets Todd apart is his ability to simplify technical concepts, making them accessible to C-level executives and boards. He’s a sought-after public speaker, having shared his expertise at esteemed institutions such as the Providence Journal, Roger Williams University, and the University of Rhode Island.
Todd’s unique background includes over a decade of experience in public safety, covering EMS, Emergency Management, fire and rescue, and law enforcement, including specialized units like SWAT, Arson Investigation, Dive Rescue and Recovery, and Digital Forensics.
Todd’s diverse skill set enables him to craft precise cybersecurity strategies that seamlessly integrate with business operations, committed to a future where cybersecurity is an integral part of how businesses operate and manage risk.