CIOs used to struggle to get their boards and C-suites invested in cybersecurity as a business priority. Now? It’s at the top of most companies’ agendas. A cyberattack today can halt operations, erode customer trust, and expose a company to lawsuits and regulatory fines. Organizations large and small from all over the world are at risk, making cybersecurity a top concern for management.

Effective cybersecurity starts at the top. It needs to be a built-in function of business strategy, championed by employees across the organization.

For the CIO, that means clear leadership and a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that includes constant vigilance, a comprehensive view of stakeholders, and strict compliance. Use this step-by-step checklist to solidify your security posture and keep your team focused on the priorities that move the needle.