WHY BOARDS AREN’T DEALING WITH CYBERTHREATS
by J. Yo-Jud Cheng and Boris Groysberg
One of the greatest challenges facing boards today is the one directors feel least prepared for: cybersecurity. In previous work we found that cybersecurity ranked as a top political issue for corporate directors, trailing only the economy and the regulatory environment. Directors acknowledge cybersecurity as an urgent global issue, but they are failing to make the connection between the pervasiveness of cyberthreats and their companies’ vulnerabilities. When we asked them to describe their levels of concern and readiness for various risks to their companies, cybersecurity took a back seat to worries about regulatory and reputational risks, which directors ...