Cyberleader and CEO of onShore Security Stel Valavanis has been asked to join the cybersecurity committee of the Private Directors Association, a national non-profit business association with more than 3000 members, including executive board members, company owners, officers of family-owned businesses and more. Its mission is to advocate for and teach board formation and governance and to create a network of business owners and leaders. One of the fastest growing areas of the organization is the cybersecurity leadership team, offering education such as webinars and white papers, as well as offering guidance in long-term strategic planning to improve security posture.
This collaboration will further allow Stel and onShore Security to promote cybersecurity awareness and education at the board level, allowing boards to make better informed and forward-looking decisions regarding security. This understanding is vital not only to improve the value and performance of board members but also to make it clear that security affects every part of an organization and that it should be a board-level concern.
As Stel prepares to join the board, he looks forward to adding his experience and vision to those already working to achieve the forward-thinking goals of the organization. Stel says, “I joined PDA as a member, realizing the need for board development from the various boards I sit on where my cybersecurity background has been valuable. But PDA has a bigger vision, one that provides tools and support on many levels. The opportunity to have an impact is tremendous because the gap in cybersecurity is big. The assembled committee is impressive, making my participation even more of an honor.”
Robert Barr, Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Committee and Enterprise Strategy Director of Oracle, says, “The Private Directors Association National Cybersecurity Committee is better enabling private company boards to create short and long-term value in tomorrow’s economy while strategically mitigating key risks and driving to healthier margins. We are pleased to welcome Stel aboard.”