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Tom Turner is CEO and President of BitSight. Tom has extensive security industry experience, and has helped build category-defining companies. Prior to joining BitSight, Tom was a founding member of the executive management team of IBM Security Systems, a new division within IBM Software group that was created on the heels of the Q1 Labs acquisition. Formerly, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Channels at Q1 Labs, where he was responsible for all product management efforts, demand-generation programs, and channel sales and marketing initiatives. Before joining Q1 Labs, he served as Director of Marketing for endpoint security at Cisco Systems, where he helped elevate the company to the number two position in the host-based, IDS/IDP market. Tom also served as VP of Marketing at Okena, Inc., where he helped pioneer the intrusion prevention market and led the company to its successful acquisition by Cisco.

4 Reasons To Use Security Ratings Before Your Next Acquisition

For years, cybersecurity was considered a “check-the-box” discussion during the merger and acquisition (M&A) process. It was almost always examined to ensure there weren’t any glaring issues or major red flags—but due to limited time resources, or the ability to parse out qualitative responses during M&A from real performance, there wasn’t a great deal of importance placed on it. Very few transactions would be prevented due to cyber security practices today, however each M&A does require a financial business case created regardless. This may be as simple as assessing integration costs. You are probably aware of the security breach at luxury retailers, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, that compromised payment card information for over 5 million customers. As a result, Hu...

Getting Buy-In From The Board: Advice For CIOs

IT and security conversations are moving away from the confines of remote IT departments and are finding their way to the top of boardroom agendas. As they do so, CIOs need to carefully consider the way they communicate with other senior executives if critical IT initiatives are to receive that all important buy-in from the Board.  In this article, I will offer guidance to CIOs who are required to obtain Board-level approval before implementing strategic IT projects. CIOs are in a unique position within the C-suite. Their expertise and guidance can have a direct impact on the future of an entire organisation. As a result, and quite rightly so, CIOs and security professionals have secured a more important seat at the top table. However, despite the fundamental importance of IT, many organis...