Charting Your Course: Cyber Security Governance

Charting Your Course: Cyber Security Governance

The NCSC's Charting Your Course series of documents provides organisations with practical advice on enhancing cyber security governance. The steps outlined in Charting Your Course define the principles of a cyber security programme and help to focus engagement between senior leadership and security practitioners. The series consists of the following sections:

Introduction: Cyber security governance

Every organisation’s journey toward cyber resilience will be different. The steps set out in this series provide a general direction of travel to assist you on your cyber resilience journey. 

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Step One: Building a culture of cyber resilience

Organisations must develop a culture of cyber resilience. Everyone in the organisation should feel supported to make decisions that protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information assets.

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Step Two:  Establishing roles and responsibilities

Clearly defining an organisation’s cyber security roles and responsibilities, and establishing who is best suited to performing them, is an important step to achieving effective cyber security governance.

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Step Three: Holistic risk management

Effective risk management is a core aspect of governance and must be embedded within an organisation's overall risk framework.

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Step Four: Cyber security collaboration

Successfully translating a cyber security strategy and vision into action requires the wider organisation’s support.  This can be achieved by establishing a committee and a working group with representation from key stakeholders across the business.

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Step Five: Create a cyber security programme

A cyber security programme will help ensure any investment provides the best possible improvement in cyber resilience.

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Step Six: Measuring resilience

The effectiveness of cyber security activity should be accurately measured and reported.  Measurement and reporting provide the basis for continuous improvement.

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