Cybersecurity Leadership: Powering the Modern Organisation - A Review
Cybersecurity Leadership: Powering the Modern Organisation
Author: Dr. Mansur Hasib
"From the danger of ivory towers, to the healthcare industry, this book explores a plethora of issues. And particularly pertinent for this year, video conferencing and its uses are discussed. There has been plenty of further information written about it, yet what Hasib has to say remains perfectly insightful."
This book contains all you need to know about leadership. Leadership is one of the key skills within cybersecurity. We set culture within organisations, and within our own teams too. This book highlights many of the skills that make strong leadership. It does an excellent job of exploring why some set ups were so successful. A key part of this realisation, is to appreciate that there are multiple dimensions to this leadership and being ethical is one of these.
Crucially, Hasib takes the focus from general leadership to hone specifically on the characteristics that create good leadership. He understands cyber can learn from where strong leadership has achieved positive outcomes outside of the industry. Part of this learning is in the way that key senior roles interact with each other, such as CIOs, CISOs and CEOs. Accomplished organisations have structures which serve them well. The personalities within an organisation matter hugely, but without an appropriate structure you are asking to fail from the outset.
Additionally, in terms of project governance, Hasib crucially comments that IT has now become central to projects where previously it may have been considered irrelevant, or tangential at best. Every project has a digital aspect to it and project managers cannot ignore this.
The author highlights the functions which are needed at a high level to encourage a culture of data protection. Whilst there is not a one size fits all approach, it becomes clear that when some organisations lack certain positions, it becomes challenging to see how data protection issues are considered at a senior level, with the appropriate expertise to advise. Although key individuals influence on organisation, it is important to have a structure that facilitates this. The relationship between strategy and operational matters is also explored.
The book demonstrates that leadership is also an internal matter. A good leader should understand how their team works, and what motivates them. Once a leader knows their team, they can drive performance and transformation. This can also lead to an ability to retain staff for longer. By understanding the benefits they are looking for, staff can be more fulfilled in a position. Happier employees are more likely to stay. Also, this books reminds us happiness is underrated. Too often we neglect that happiness should be at the centre of what we achieve and this books brings the focus back to how we achieve that within the workplace.
From the danger of ivory towers, to the healthcare industry, this book explores a plethora of issues. And particularly pertinent for this year, video conferencing and its uses are discussed. There has been plenty of further information written about it, yet what Hasib has to say remains perfectly insightful.
With so much content in this book, it is much needed for all those in Cyber. Such a range of issues within the sector are discussed, and the way the sector interacts with wider parts of organisations.
There is so much to be learned from this book, it is a very worthwhile read.