A Leader's Guide to Cybersecurity

Why Boards Need to Lead — and How to Do It
Harvard Business Review Press, 2019.

A Leader's Guide to Cybersecurity clearly details the most important corporate cybersecurity responsibilities and shows how boards of directors can fulfill their corresponding oversight role. The book demonstrates how, by raising the right issues, board members can both gain assurance about current cybersecurity activities, as well as ensure their companies are paying attention to all relevant dynamics. The book supports this process through a series of inquires that address these issues. In addition to the exact wording board members can use, each inquiry includes an explanation of its significance, examples of responsive answers, and specific direction on the subsequent actions boards should take.


"A Leader’s Guide to Cybersecurity clearly outlines the cybersecurity issues boards face today and provides a practical guide to board governance and action. The massive financial damage caused by recent cyberattacks clearly demonstrates the need for board and executive preparation. This book should be required reading for every board member."

Jan Leschly

Member Board of Directors A.P. Moeller Mærsk. Former CEO SmithKline Beecham and has held directorships at American Express, Viacom, Squibb and the International Advisory Board of Daimler Chrysler AG.

"Cybersecurity is a central requirement of board governance and oversight and is no different from other complex board issues. Boards can add significant value by asking the right questions and making sure the answers are understandable, responsive and trackable. This book provides excellent templates to start this process, and I, for one, will be implementing them."

Sarah Friar

CEO Nextdoor, Member Board of Directors Walmart and Slack

“So easy, even a CEO can understand It: a call for greater clarity in cybersecurity”


Review by Joe McKendrick

"The Leader's Guide is direct, concise, and clear with regards to applying its major principles."


Review by Erik Costlow

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A Leader's Guide to Cybersecurity was released on December 3, 2019, and is now available wherever books are sold, including: