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Information Risk Maturity Index Says We're Aware But Not Ready
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Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
6/18/2014 | 11:40:49 AM
Re: Leadership traits
I tend to agree that IT Managers should not be in charge.  The reasoning is that if you allow IT managers to make security related decisions they will generally make a decision that benefits IT operations over security.  Why? Because security decisions are generally the tougher sell and often times does not have a concrete benefit.
jjthomps
jjthomps,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/14/2014 | 8:20:20 AM
Re: Leadership traits
Spot on Christian. Spot on. I'll be re-using your quote from time to time. 

"Most organizations understand that their information has value," said Christian Toon, head of information risk for Iron Mountain, Europe, in the report. "The majority, however, are more concerned with revenue protection. They are better prepared to respond to data breaches or legal action and less prepared to use their information to drive competitive advantage and growth. Getting ahead in the new digital economy will require businesses to do both."
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
6/13/2014 | 2:14:23 PM
Re: Leadership traits
@Bprince

I tend to agree, actually, that IT managers shouldn't be in charge.  True, you need the support from C-Levels and Directors to keep everyone behind security as a discipline and funded group in an organization.  But the average IT manager doesn't understand security in the same way the average hacker does, or security professional.  Things are done differently, you have to think differently, and decisions sometimes need to be made that could even cross what an IT manager is expected to do, or prevent from happening.  I hate to use a military example, but, I know who I'd rather have in charge of a crack black ops team, and it's not the "manager".
Bprince
Bprince,
User Rank: Ninja
6/12/2014 | 9:12:02 PM
Re: Leadership traits
What I find interesting though is that they indicate that IT managers shouldn't be in charge of information security. Are they saying that it should be someone else in the business or just that other parts of the business should be involved? I agree with the latter, but I think there have been a number of studies that have shown strong leadership from CISO/CIOs is important when it comes to preventing and dealing with breaches. 

BP
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
6/12/2014 | 4:42:13 PM
Leadership traits
 

It's noteworthy, but not surprising that the leaders of the pack are focused on monitoring, innovation  and communication. 

 


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