The information security professional is more than 'a necessary evil'

    Date05 Jan 2007
    CategoryForums
    1979
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Our skill-set ranges from a comprehensive view of compliance issues to proficiency in risk models with business and management instincts. Our influence is increasing and our audience growing, and business is beginning to accept that it is time to understand how to be responsible with information security risk. Despite its growing influence, information security continues to be perceived as a necessary evil or cost to the business. All too often, this is as much the perspective of the individuals in the profession as it is of the executives charged with funding it. We are unified in our motivation to avoid threats rather than to advance business. Business executives may accept that selling online is dependent upon good security, but the broader information security picture is not appreciated.

    It is time to change that thinking and recognise that there is every opportunity to consider information security as a strategic tool for competitive advantage, increased shareholder value and better management of resources. Such change does not require new technical know-how or security solutions, but rather a new way of assessing them. Information security professionals like to think they understand that security is about more than just technology, yet their actions all too often tell a different story. According to the (ISC)

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