This PwC publication is intended to help management and the board of directors of public companies prepare for the annual meeting of shareholders. It contains example questions on topics that may be top-of-mind for shareholders, along with background information and suggested actions for management’s consideration.
Data protection and privacy is an urgent issue for both consumers and businesses. As customers increasingly worry whether their personal information is secure and used appropriately, companies are also concerned about protecting data and their brand. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of viewing consumer privacy from more than just a compliance lens and developing a strategy and action plan that will help businesses lead on data privacy by building customer trust and enhancing their brand.
There continues to be systematic security issues with retailers in the United States. A number of recent high-profile data breaches demonstrate that cyberattacks on retail and consumer organizations are increasing in number. This piece discusses what boards and management can do to better position their companies to handle cybersecurity events. It also covers threat actors who exploit retailers via cyberspace, and provides questions to consider in the early weeks of 2014.
On January 29, Mary Ann Cloyd, leader of PwC's Center for Board Governance, and Tim Ryan, PwC vice chair and leader of Markets, Strategy, and Stakeholders, lead the Center for Board Governance Key considerations for board and audit committee members webcast. which focused on what issues are top of mind for board and audit committee members.
While organizations have made significant security improvements, they have not kept pace with today’s determined adversaries. As a result, many rely on yesterday’s security practices to combat today’s threats. The results of this survey show that executives are heeding the need to fund enhanced security activities and have substantially improved technology safeguards, processes, and strategies.
Results of this year’s survey – including responses from more than 9,600 executives across 115 countries, and virtually every industry – show that executives are heeding the need to fund enhanced security activities and have substantially improved technology safeguards, processes, and strategies. Budgets are rising and confidence continues to climb. But while many organizations have raised the bar on security, their adversaries have done better.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® addresses cybersecurity risk being a board priority, the SEC applying website guidance to company social media use, the US Chamber publishing proxy advisor principles, PwC‘s 2013 State of the Internal Audit Profession Survey, NYC attorneys asking NYSE to reconsider its audit committee risk rule, and COSO issuing an updated framework next month.
This 10Minutes discusses why cybersecurity is more than an IT challenge—it’s a business imperative. New technologies, well-funded and determined adversaries, and interconnected business ecosystems have combined to increase your company’s exposure to cyberattacks. Critical digital assets are being targeted and the potential impact to your business has never been greater. In order to sufficiently protect the business, future cash flows, and shareholder value, your approach to cybersecurity must keep pace.
These days, the infrastructure of even the biggest, best-prepared organization is vulnerable to cyber attacks, which are persistent, well organized, constantly evolving — and often successful. This PwC publication explains how cyber crime can seriously damage brands, erode customer confidence, violate compliance mandates, and weaken the ability to generate revenue.