Governance and leadership discussions at the Better Boards Conference


Cyber Security Demystified... What it is, and what it means for a Board

Rinske Geerlings

Managing Director at Business As Usual

Rinske is a multi-award winning, internationally known consultant, speaker and certified Business Continuity Management (BCM), Information Security and Risk Management facilitator. She was awarded Risk Consultant of the Year by RMIA (2017), Alumnus of the University of Technology Delft (the Netherlands), Australian Business Woman of the Year by BPW (2010), 1 of 5 Technology Delft (the Netherlands), Australian Business Woman of the Year by BPW (2010-2013) and Outstanding Security Consultant Finalist in the OSPAs (2019).

Rinske draws on more than 20 years’ experience gained during roles across Australasia, Africa, South America and Europe. Her Board and Committee experience includes national and international Vice President and Director roles within ASIS, itSMF and BPW. In terms of her consultancy experience, Rinske has been changing the way organisations ‘plan for the unexpected’. Rinske applies a fresh, energetic, fun, practical, easy-to-apply, innovative approach to topics sometimes perceived as dull and cumbersome. She holds ISO22301, ISO31000, ISO27001, CBCP, MBCI, ITIL, PRINCE2 and COBIT certifications.

Her speaking experience includes virtual seminars (approximately 10x per annum) for associations such as ASIS, ISACA, BCI, VBN, RMIA, PECB, the IT Service Management Forum, OSPAs and Business & Professional Women. It also includes approximately 4 large-scale physical conference presentations per annum, including for the aforementioned networks. Her speaking experience spans 5 continents over the past 15 years.

Boards often need to make decisions about Cyber Security policies and procedures without truly understanding what these mean. In this session, Rinske will demystify a number of Cyber Security concepts sharing from her experience, whilst discussing:

  • • The role of the Board in Information Security Management
  • • The difference between Information Security and Cyber Security
  • • Why a solid Information Security Management System (ISMS) is critical, even if a real-life breach never occurs
  • • Changes in Information Security focus areas and practices through the pandemic
  • • Who actually pays the ransom... and should we do so?
  • • Applicable standards and frameworks such as ISO 27001, ISO 27002, ISO 27018 and NIST SP 800-61
  • • Recent and upcoming changes in the global certifiable standard ISO 27001
  • • Applicable regulatory requirements such as SOC2 and APRA CPS234
  • • Why a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is required for proper ISMS capability
  • • Ensuring that Information Security is managed efficiently and effectively in your organisation
  • • Achieving the right level of investment in Information (incl Cyber) Security controls.

Understand better what Cyber Security is actually about, what the role of the Board is in its context and how to be able to ask the right questions to achieve optimal levels of investment in the process.

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