security first culture

What is a Security-First Culture?


In a world of constantly evolving security concerns, the question “Are we safe?” echoes through boardrooms everywhere.  This simple question points to a significant shift that must take place in order for organizations to survive the threat landscape. The fundamental shift is moving from a “productivity-first” to a “security-first” culture.

Organizational security is not a solution to buy, but a system within which to work.  It requires a multi-layered management approach: system thinking.  Senior leadership teams need a system that supports a comprehensive approach to managing organizational risk. 

How to Make Security-Based Executive Decisions


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    Today’s business environment demands a balanced decision making approach whereby efficiency and security are mutual priorities.  Every decision an executive makes, alters the security landscape of the organization.  Without accounting for security in the decision making process, the organization can be left vulnerable.  

    How can you ensure that you’re promoting an efficient culture that support secure corporate citizens?  Don’t stifle creativity under numerous rules.  Instead, take the Security-Based Approach to Executive Decision Making with the help of our Guiding Principles.

    Roadmap to a Security-First Culture


    An effective Security-First Culture includes ongoing efforts to Prevent, Respond, and Recover from incidents.  With that, comes a focus surrounding business continuity and disaster recovery.

    This shift demands an ongoing adaptive approach in the face of a constantly evolving threat landscape.  It needs to stay top of mind across the organization as everyone needs to be vigilant every day in everything they do, while the threat actor only needs to be right once. 

    The Next Dimension Cybersecurity Optimization process has three planning phases that lead to a practical implementation plan based on timing, resources, and budget priorities

    The planning framework has three components followed by an implementation phase:

    1. Cybersecurity Readiness Assessment to determine the current state.
    2. Risk Assessment and Recommendations Report based on the findings of the assessment.
    3. IT Roadmap to address identified gaps and create a long term maintenance plan.



     Managing the threat landscape today requires three perspectives: Prevent, Respond, Recover.

    1. Prevention.  When over-emphasized, prevention can be an expensive and irresponsible investment hole.  Even the thickest of castle walls will only protect you so far.
    2. Response.  The average response performance of cybersecurity breach victims is 280 days (source: IBM), stark evidence of inadequate preparation for detection and response.
    3. Recovery.  Even those with cybersecurity insurance are feeling the pain, resulting in an increase in the rigor of qualifying for such insurance, and soaring pricing for those policies.