Boardroom Tools

Personal Cybersecurity for Board Members

By NACD Staff


Committees and Roles

In brief: This tool helps directors to consider their own cybersecurity practices. It delves into key steps for directors to take to protect their own devices and privacy. This brief originally appeared in the publication Cyber-Risk Oversight 2020: Key Principals and Practical Guidance for Corporate Boards.

This resource can help your board to

  • implement cybersecurity practices to safeguard individual devices,

  • improve board members’ cybersecurity practices, and

  • evaluate the board’s understanding of individual cyber risks.

Most relevant audiences: Risk committee chairs, risk committee members, and CISOs

While organizational cybersecurity is incredibly important, it is also critical that board members take precautions to ensure that they are engaging in proper cybersecurity practices and protecting their devices and their privacy. This Tool outlines 10 recommendations for board members to improve their own cybersecurity.

  1. Ensure all of your devices have up-to-date software. It is essential to keep your devices and applications updated to the most current software available.

  2. Lock your WiFi, like you lock your house. Establish a new password beyond the factory setting. Establish a guest account for houseguests, contractors, etc. 

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