Strategising Cyber Security

Published: 19th March, 2021

This is a great topic for a BIG PICTURE® conversation as a term that is for some beyond full comprehension and therefore difficult to understand the impacts on the organisation. We break this down in a disarming and accessable way as we did in this simulation of a conversation you could be having in your team. When you do maybe you’ll find the same as we did in this discussion. That is whilst the term ‘Cyber Security’ suggests a more technical slant we actually focused on the human element throughout. This is evident by the use of the Team and Customer Symbols rather than Technology. What does this mean for your organisation and the voices in the room when you work things through. If you’re as surprised as we were as to the dialogue the maybe you’re missing a trick with regard to the Challenges and Opportunities that surround this already massive and growing problem when systems and people collide!

We defined some terms, always a big part of a BIG PICTURE® conversation when offering a level playing field so for instance don’t assume people know what ‘spearfishing’ is. In doing so you’re getting everyone on the same page.

The structure followed, without directing, a risk management type structure looking first at the impact of an attach being successful. Finance Lead Hywel Griffiths putting some numbers to the different kinds of attacks and results of non-compliance. We then focused in on the liklihood of an attack being successful so in the different parts of the organisation, some often a blindspot, using the BIG PICTURE® Board. The Symbols help us, not only spot the people vs. tech balance, but if we had more time how Cyber Security relates to Measures and Process.

We Board helped us contextualise the segregation of duties that are helpful providing the checks and balance to reduce the risk of breaches happening. It also identified an apparent difference in the mindset and predication of certain areas of the organisation that may be more, say Sales, and less, say Accounts, to the kinds of behaviour that result in breaches. Knowing this will not only lead to a healthy conversation but also provide a focus to the training and remedial action in response to the threats.

I really think that if we change our own approach and thinking about what we have available to us, that is what will unlock our ability to truly excel in security. It’s a perspectives exercise. What would it look like if abundance were the reality and not resource constraint?

Greg York

The ‘webinar’ word doesn’t really describe what it is we do with our time in sessions. We love a conversation where everyone has the chance to contribute.

Participants are provided with the means to make connections thus drawing attention to the conversation that is going on around.

It’s how we roll!


That a topic appears as one thing might actually be better addressed in a different way starting with a damn good conversation. That raising awareness through this dialogue, as Lucy pointed out in session, is a great way to nip in the bud any human issues and as she herself put it beautifully ‘leak less’! We saw the Board develop in front of our eyes with those new to the approach making their own connections from a standing start. In doing so broadening our knowledge in double quick time and not being overwhelmed with the amount of new ideas as we can always rapidly prioritise in both the Digital and Physical Kit.

This was a smashing session where we live demonstrated exactly the kind of conversation we could be helping you have in your organisation. Breaking down barriers, smashing through silos, redefining ‘in crowd’ terminology to come together with a fit-for-purpose action plan for Cyber Security.


Please do ask us to help you achieve this same impact in your organisation. We can deliver this activity for you and at the same time upskill your team to take over the delivery. You can weave this into your Strategy-related activities which means you’re paying once for resources and deploying them many times across your organisation.

Find out more about our approach for Engaging Strategy. You can have a go yourself by printing and writing on the resource within the brochure you can download. The stuff we care about is all over our YouTube channel @YourBigPic. I would love to take you through a taster of BIG PICTURE® in a Webinar you can sign-up for here.

Thanks for reading!