The NIS2 Directive from the CEO's Perspective

The NIS2 Directive from the CEO's Perspective

As the CEO of a digital enterprise operating in the European Union, I see our journey as a voyage through dynamic and sometimes stormy seas. The changing nature of cybersecurity means, -  the waters we sail are constantly changing. That's why we need beacons like the NIS2 Directive to guide us. Today, I want to share some personal insights into two of its special requirements that seem as very important to me: the role of management bodies in cybersecurity risk management and their continuous learning journey.

Steering the Ship: Management's Crucial Role in Cybersecurity

The NIS2 Directive wisely recognizes that a ship's direction is determined by its captain and crew. In our digital voyage, the management body plays this crucial role.

Approval of Cybersecurity Measures: Just as a captain approves the course charted for a voyage, it's essential for management bodies to approve cybersecurity risk measures actively. This is not just a formal approval; it's an active involvement in understanding, questioning, and improving these measures. It's about taking the helm and ensuring the chosen path is both strategic and secure.

Supervision and Accountability: The journey doesn't end with setting the course; it requires active navigation. Supervising the implementation of cybersecurity measures ensures, that the course remains amidst the challenges. And with leadership comes accountability. The sea is unpredictable, but how we navigate it, and how we respond to its challenges, is entirely within our control. Non-compliance isn't just a breach of directive; it's a deviation from our charted course.

The Continuous Learning Odyssey of Management

The seas of cybersecurity are in a state of flux, and yesterday's knowledge might not equip us for today's challenges.

Regular Training: The NIS2 emphasizes regular training for management bodies, and rightly so. Just as sailors refine their skills, leaders must continually sharpen their understanding of the digital landscape. This isn't about technical know-how alone; it's about grasping the broader implications – the operational impacts, the strategic challenges, and the business opportunities that arise from our digital engagements.

Gaining Knowledge to Assess Risks: The horizon of the digital sea is vast, and lurking beyond are myriad potential threats. But with knowledge comes the ability to discern, anticipate, and prepare. Regular training equips us, the management, with the vision to see beyond the immediate, to understand the nuances of cybersecurity risks and their potential reverberations throughout our enterprise.

Impact on Operations: Every decision at the helm, every course correction, has implications for the ship and its crew. In the digital realm, understanding the impact of cybersecurity risks and management practices on operations is crucial. It's not just about preventing breaches; it's about ensuring smooth sailing, optimizing performance, and delivering value to our stakeholders.

In Closing: Charting a Course to the Future

Embracing the special requirements of the NIS2 Directive is more than a regulatory obligation; it's a testament to our commitment to excellence, resilience, and leadership. As CEO, I view these requirements as integral components of our voyage, ensuring that we not only navigate the digital seas adeptly but also lead the way for others to follow.

In sharing these insights, I hope to highlight the profound significance of management's role in cybersecurity and the continuous journey of learning. After all, in the vast, dynamic seas of the digital world, the most valuable compass we have is knowledge, and the most steadfast anchor is leadership.

Zoja Antuchevič SolutionLab

Zoja Antuchevič

CEO & Partner