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3 Tips for Making Better Investments in Security

3 Tips for Making Better Investments in Security

This is obviously a big topic these days and it’s almost getting to a point where I feel like this is overshadowing discussions in advancements in Wifi, VoIP and other network technologies on which most of us have spent the majority of our careers focusing. That said, I think it’s safe to say that, until we get to a point where we don’t have to worry about it (don’t hold your breath), security is going to be the talk of the town – especially as more and more of our information is being moved onto servers somewhere “in the cloud”.

I found this article interesting for a couple reasons – first, I think the three points they pull out here are good ones to note. But even more, I thought that the paragraph from the article quoted below brought light to a different perspective: as security becomes more of a strategic focus than just something that’s discussed during IT staff meetings, we need to make sure that focus is developed into the larger business model and and not based solely on a small group’s experiences and biases.

“One would think that as information security matured from back-office function to a more strategic role, CISOs’ approaches to portfolio prioritization would have followed suit. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Speaking with dozens of IT and security leaders, we found that most approaches to making security investment decisions are largely subjective. Too often, they’re based on personal expertise and credibility rather than systematic processes and business value metrics.”

The rest of the article is well worth the read as well. It’s linked below so read and enjoy!

Information security’s role is becoming more strategic, but its approach to making investment decisions hasn’t kept pace. To better align security investments with enterprise strategy, IT and security leaders must stay focused on the right risks, add rigor to decision making processes, and give stakeholders opportunities for input. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing color, and the days are growing shorter – all signs it’s time for IT leaders to start thinking seriously about next year’s budget. One key issue that CIOs need to consider when drafting their 2018 budgets is how information security’s role is changing within the organization and how best to support that change. IT and business leaders need information security to take on a more strategic focus; but so far at least, its investment priorities haven’t followed suit. As organizations transform their business models to support new digital products and services, information security will increasingly adopt the role of “digital business enabler.” That means finding new ways to help business leaders take smart risks with information technology in pursuit of new growth or competitive advantage. This will change the way organizations deliver security, the skills and tools security teams will need […]

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The Equifax Breach: Former White House CIO Believes Marketers Need To Be Engaged In Cybersecurity

The Equifax Breach: Former White House CIO Believes Marketers Need To Be Engaged In Cybersecurity

Marketing has never played much of a role when it comes to cyber security but maybe they should. After all, these breaches are wreaking havoc on the brand value for the companies that suffer from them and requiring massive PR campaigns to help them overcome the setback. The question remains, however, in what capacity does the CIO and their team want the CMO and their team involved? Beyond training is there anything that can really be done to include marketing in the cyber security plans?

This article from Forbes raises some interesting questions and is worth discussion around the executive table. The real question, as always, is this: will the executive team actually have this discussion or will they ignore it until it becomes too big of a problem not to?

Theresa Payton From the Target breach to the Sony intrusion to the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack, the frequency and scale of cyberattacks is increasing. And last week’s admission by Equifax that critical and sensitive information of over 140 million customers has been stolen is the latest, and arguably the worst breach we’ve seen to date. As you watch company after company essentially fumble these cybersecurity crises–mismanage the consumer-brand relationship–I’ve been intrigued why marketers aren’t more involved. To better understand why and what marketers could/should do, I’ve been interviewing several cybersecurity experts. This week, I turned to Theresa Payton, former CIO for the White House (during George Bush’s administration) and current CEO of Fortalice Solutions , a cybersecurity and intelligence consulting firm that helps nations, businesses and people protect themselves from emerging threats. As the person charged with protecting the security of the White House, a prime target of cyberattacks, her perspective is incredibly useful in understanding what marketers can learn from cyberattacks and how they can get more involved. Below is not only insight useful for marketers, but also the humorous story of how Payton became the White House CIO. Whitler : It is interesting that you worked […]

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12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

It seems like the more that we learn, the more we realize that the most effective key to security, productivity and practice in this world of “Modern IT” that we live in comes down to training, process and procedure. Again, we see here that the reasons that your IT department is too slow boils down to the way that the people either manage themselves or are being managed by their superiors.

Take a look at the list of bottlenecks in this great article from CIO.com and let us know if you see any of these issues applying to you and your department.

It’s time to face a cold, hard fact: Your IT department is too slow. It’s the result of good intentions gone bad, but in business, intentions don’t matter. When is IT too slow? Whenever any part of the business has to wait for IT to deliver the goods, that’s when. The magic buzz phrase these days may be “time to value,” but the true guiding principle is “ahead of your competitors.” If IT keeps that from happening, you can bet your organization’s business executives have lost patience with you. [ Beware the 12 ‘best practices’ IT should avoid at all costs while heeding the 9 forces shaping the future of IT work . | Get an inside look at 10 real-world digital transformations . | Get the latest insights by signing up for our CIO daily newsletter . ] Want to speed up your IT department? Start by getting rid of what slows it down — in a word, its bottlenecks. Here are a dozen places to start your search. Ignore at your peril. IT bottleneck No. 1: Governance Committees are the old governance. As governance sets the pace for everything IT does, and committees slow down everything they […]

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