Handle Corporate Security As Single Entity, Users Say

    Date08 Apr 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Companies can improve their ability to detect and respond to both cyber and physical threats by tying their IT security to other aspects of corporate security. But the cultural and business-process changes involved in implementing such a holistic view of . . . Companies can improve their ability to detect and respond to both cyber and physical threats by tying their IT security to other aspects of corporate security. But the cultural and business-process changes involved in implementing such a holistic view of security can be daunting for most corporations, users said here last week at a conference organized by ASIS International, an Alexandria, Va.-based organization of security professionals.

    "The benefits of integrating corporate security with IT security can be tremendous," said Lew Wagner, chief information security officer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston.

    Coordinating IT security functions with areas such as physical protection, facilities management, human resources and legal and audit functions has helped enhance overall threat-detection and incident-response capabilities at the hospital, Wagner said.

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