Cyberthreats: On the board's agenda

Some questions to use as a starting point for a board's oversight of the cyberthreat portion of a company's enterprise risk management program

Ebay. Wyndham. Target. Adobe. You’ve read the news about major companies being compromised by hackers and viruses. Is your company ready for the cyberattack that is undoubtedly coming?

It helps matters to elevate cyberthreats to a board-level issue. Sound a little “in the weeds” for a board meeting? Not at all. Consider how few companies can afford to be cavalier about a cyberattack's ability to erode shareholder value rapidly and dramatically. Loss of customer confidence, direct remediation costs, third party loss liability, government fines and penalties, theft of critical company intellectual property and more are all on the table.

Priya Cherian Huskins

Priya Cherian Huskins, Esq., is senior vice president of Woodfruff, Sawyer and Company. She can be reached at

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