How To Write Powerful Executive Reports in Infosec
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How To Write Powerful Executive Reports in Infosec

Learn what executives love to see in a report and what they don't want to.
4.1 (18 ratings)
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65 students enrolled
Created by Charles Chibueze
Last updated 9/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll learn the elements of a professional executive report
  • You'll learn what executives love to see in a report
  • You'll learn what disgusts and irritates executives in a report
  • You'll learn how to follow a structured approach using DIKW in crafting content for executive reports
  • You'll learn how to fit your report in one page
  • You'll learn how to professionally construct the appendix section of your executive report
  • You'll learn how to extract the key findings from your assessment and present it to executives
  • You'll learn what makes your report powerful
  • You'll learn how to separate the executive report from the detailed technical report
  • You'll learn how to use concise, but detailed sentences in crafting content for executive reports
  • You'll learn how to make neat, professional annotations on screenshot POCs
  • You'll learn how to call executives to action with your reports
  • You'll learn how to cut out all the noise and remove irrelevant details in the content of your report
  • You'll learn how to perform data analysis using the DIKW model on vulnerability scans and other forms of raw data
Requirements
  • Computer with a minimum of 2GB memory
  • Operating System: Windows / OS X / Linux
  • No prior knowledge of any field in cyber security required
  • Microsoft word and excel or their alternatives
Description

Welcome to this course. Here, you'll learn how to craft professional, powerful executive reports in any Infosec field.


One of the biggest challenge in the Infosec space isn't really about technical skills, but reporting - especially reporting to C level executives. Many pros in this field always make the mistake of submitting technical reports to non-technical executives.  As a result, there's always a huge communication gap between the security pro and the executive team.


Your report is powerful if: 

  1. Executives understand every bit of what you're saying

  2. Executives go ahead to act based on the actionable advice drawn from your report.

If your reports can't make executives call stakeholders to action, then the purpose of the security assessment exercise in any field is defeated.

In this course, you'll learn:

  • How to convert technical statements to business related statements

  • How to use visualization to communicate statistical findings

  • How to ensure that your report fits one page

  • How to include only relevant details in your report

  • How to polish your report and make it appealing

  • How to make executives take action based on what you've communicated

  • How to use your findings from the assessment exercise to find gaps in compliance standards (PCIDSS, NIST 800-53)



Who this course is for:
  • Any person in any cyber security related field who's required to write and submit reports to executives
  • Any person who wishes to join any cyber related field in the corporate world
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 02:51:38
+ What makes a report professional and powerful?
8 lectures 31:17
Put your report in business context
03:22
Skip storytelling, executives don't enjoy that
02:26
Visualize your statistical findings
02:26
Make your reports actionable
04:25
Record only certainties, skip assumptions
01:50
Find gaps in compliance standards
07:18
Annotate all screenshot POCs
04:49
Polish with proper grammar and formatting
04:41
+ Writing the executive report - Penetration Testing
5 lectures 31:30
The introductory summary
07:35
Summary of results
07:22
Summary of conclusions
03:56
Summary of recommendations
03:53
Presenting the penetration test report template
08:44
+ Writing the executive report - Incident Response and Forensics
5 lectures 27:19
The introductory summary
06:51
Summary of results
05:01
Summary of conclusions
05:12
Summary of recommendations
02:09
Presenting the incident response/ forensics report template
08:06
+ Writing the executive report - Vulnerability Management
5 lectures 24:57
The introductory summary
03:20
Summary of results
05:21
Summary of conclusions
02:02
Summary of recommendations
01:58
Presenting the vulnerability assessment report template
12:16
+ Writing the executive report - Threat Intelligence
5 lectures 19:00
The introductory summary
03:33
Summary of results
06:10
Summary of conclusions
01:54
Summary of recommendations
01:48
Presenting the threat intelligence report template
05:35