In 2015, Palo Alto Networks and the New York Stock Exchange organized a collection of essays designed to educate and enlighten board members about cybersecurity. We called it Navigating the Digital Age. Before publication, technical authors published large volumes of books written specifically for the cybersecurity professional, but there was very little material written for directors and board members in charge of their own changing organizations in the public, private, and academic spaces.
Over the past decade, the internet transformed their brick and mortar businesses into digital machines, and the senior leaders in charge of those businesses were struggling with how to keep pace with so much technological change. Navigating the Digital Age was one of the first collections that directors could use to learn about running an organization in the new era and how to think about security. It was a runaway success, and here in 2018, I am proud to announce the second edition of Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers.
This new collection covers a lot of ground. It is not meant to be read front to back, though every essay contained herein is necessary. It is a book that I suggest keeping handy on your desk, your tablet or laptop – these are topics to absorb and topics to which to return again and again. The book consists of many short essays from some of the best cybersecurity and business minds in the world, a few of which follow.
Mark McLaughlin, vice chairman, Palo Alto Networks – formerly CEO
Salim Ismail, founder, ExO, and board member for XPRIZE
Jennifer Steffens, CEO, IOActive
Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India
Ann Johnson, VP, Cybersecurity Solutions, Microsoft
Mario Chiock, CISO emeritus, Schlumberger
Brad Arkin, CSO, Adobe
Gary McAlum, CSO, USAA
Jim Trainer, former assistant director, Cyber Division, FBI
Sherri Ramsay, former director, Central Security Service Threat Operations Center, NSA
Dr. Philipp Amann, Europol’s Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
Michael Boni, member, European Parliament
Marc Goodman, author of Future Crimes
Gary Bolles, chair, Future of Work, Singularity University
George Finney, CSO, Southern Methodist University
Stay tuned for more details on exclusive executive events in your region. In the meantime, when you feel beleaguered or confused about how cybersecurity is affecting your organization, pull this collection out and thumb through the index. I also suggest you bookmark SecurityRoundtable.org, an online resource for executives looking for insightful yet actionable information about the cybersecurity landscape. Between these resources, I am sure you will find the answers you need to help you navigate the digital age.
Rick Howard, “Cybersecurity Canon Book Review: Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers,” Palo Alto Networks, October 5, 2015, last visited October 5, 2018,
Matt Rosenquist, ed., Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers, Tim Dempsey, October 2015, last visited October 5, 2018,
Aleksandra Miljus, Mike Perkowski, and Al Perlman, eds., Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers, Second Edition, Palo Alto Networks, September 2018,