A cyber security strategy has to encompass the entire company. For many businesses, it is a fragmented set of policies, procedures and approaches that are inconsistent across the company. It is also, far too often, something that is driven by IT or from different teams. At the NTT Security ISW event in Frankfurt, Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at NTT Corporation talked to Enterprise Times about some of the things NTT is doing in this area.
One of the key things for NTT is that its cyber security strategy is led from the top. While responsibility for defining the strategy rests with its global CISO, Shinichi Yokohama, it is also embedded at Executive Director level. This includes regular briefings from Yokohama to the Executive Committee and support for the strategy from the top of the company.
Training is something that all companies struggle with. In an industry where there is a significant shortage of skilled workers, we have seen salaries rise as organisations compete for talent. Yokohama set a goal of 10,000 cyber security professionals over four years. According to Matsubara that was achieved ahead of time.
Matsubara said: “It started with NTT Holdings developing cybersecurity training for us online with a local university in Japan. It’s called Gakkō. Gakkō means school in Japanese. It’s a basic understanding of cybersecurity, from encryptions and how to prepare for spearfishing emails. You can take it whenever you have the time, or in your spare time, because you can check it on your laptop or mobile phone.”
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