Are you managing several cybersecurity projects at the same time? Do you feel that you could manage your projects more effectively, but don’t know where to start?
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We’ve compiled 6 steps that will help you plan your cybersecurity projects more effectively:
*Disclaimer: In this article, we focus on some of the most commonly-cited tips for effective project management within the cybersecurity context. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but is intended for guidance only.
Managing a cybersecurity project without executive buy-in is like building a house without the signoff of the homeowner… risky.
Make sure that your executive team is fully briefed about your projects and understands how they will help support overall business goals and manage your risks. Your executives will be particularly interested in your current cybersecurity posture and in how your projects will improve your posture sustainably and effectively.
With executive buy-in, you will be more likely to get the budget you need and build the necessary trust to continue them going forward.
A successful cybersecurity project is aligned to the overall business strategy and goals.
Before taking on a new cybersecurity project, think about how this project will contribute to your organization’s success. You can ask yourself:
The closer your cybersecurity projects are aligned with your overarching business strategy, the more successful they will be.
A cybersecurity project is more likely to succeed if it has clearly-defined SMART goals.
SMART goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound.
A cybersecurity project is just as good as the project management team behind it.
Assigning a dedicated project manager can help your organization:
Once your cybersecurity project is completed, you will need to demonstrate its return on investment (ROI).
Now is the time to revisit your SMART goals that you established at the beginning of your project and evaluate whether you were able to meet your goals or not.
Evaluating your return on investment after a cybersecurity project will not only help you assess project performance, but also pave the way for seeking additional funds going forward. Make sure to share your findings with your executive team for optimal transparency and
What this means for cybersecurity project managers is that they must prioritize effective communication throughout the duration of the project. The longer poor communications linger, the greater the risk of project failure
Remember to communicate regularly and prioritize effective communications throughout the project by keeping the 5Ws in mind:
Regular and centralized communications will help you manage your cybersecurity projects more effectively.