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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/20/2013 | 10:03:18 AM
Investment priorites
Ed, You paint a pretty sobering picture for IT security executives & the new paradigm you describe will clearly require a major shift in thinking. What are some suggestions on  how IT senior management and audit teams  should start to refocus protection their efforts?  Your point noting that "the most basic tenet of today's corporate audit involves testing controls to ensure 100 percent compliance with corporate policy" sounds to me like it wil l be to be a heavy lift.

 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/20/2013 | 10:08:05 AM
Compliance vs. security
I was left wondering by the statement about audit requirements focusing too much on compliance issues. Is that in conflict with the security imprerative for some reason? Or you just saying that security needs to be given an even higher priority?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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11/20/2013 | 11:51:42 AM
Re: Compliance vs. security
David, my interpretation was that the strict focus on compliance is taking away from organizations' ability to protect their most critical/sensitive resources, which Ed notes should be the goal. 

Another point I found really interesting was the statement that "cloud-based protections are minimal defenses against all of these threats because of the network visibility required to detect and mitigate them." I was surprised to hear that coming from AT&T. Is there no hope for network-operator-based security improvements to help screen out more of the threats?
Kim Davis
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Kim Davis,
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11/20/2013 | 12:12:47 PM
Re: Compliance vs. security
I've been hearing healthcare IT professionals recently describing how they're torn between the need to release patient data to patients, security concerns, and compliance issues.  It's a minefield.
JerryJ
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11/20/2013 | 1:21:33 PM
Compliance Testing Doesn't Go Away
Ed, you wrote "...most basic tenet of today's corporate audit involves testing controls to ensure 100 percent compliance with corporate policy. This mentality needs to change..." It may be semantics, but I respectfully disagree. You always need to test controls. Too often, in my experience, an adversary has take advantage of a failed control that was thought to be in place. That said, you need to be certain you've selected and implemented the correct controls to begin with, recognizing that the technologies we deploy and the motives, skills and modus operandi of the adversary are ever evolving.

You finished your thought with "...so businesses can prioritize investments on protections that will yield the best possible security posture." This I agree with 100%. I was once on a panel speaking on risk management and was asked, "so does risk management eliminate the need for the compliance checklist?" My reply was, "No. Risk management is a way to prioritize the compliance checklist." I would also add that risk management is a way to evolve the compliance checklist.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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11/20/2013 | 6:04:42 PM
Re: Compliance Testing Doesn't Go Away
Jerry, I like your analysis. The problem comes when companies equate compliance with security and think if they are complaint, then everything will be fine. But there are a lot of other protections that may be needed. A risk assessment should point those out.
BillatDellSoftware
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11/21/2013 | 8:25:04 AM
Determining risk calue
Ed, this is an excellent article insofar as it looks at the changing IT landscape and how that impacts security in the enterprise both today and in the future.  I work for Dell Software and spend a good deal of time speaking with customers who are experiencing very similar challenges.  One of the topics I would like to hear more about from you is how you go about prioritizing assets.  You mention in the article that you need to invest more to protect "high value" assets than you do for "lower value" assets.  How do you go about determining those risk values?  Do you allow the business to classify apps and content?  Do you have an automated tool that strives to check each document and assign risk to it?
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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11/21/2013 | 10:15:11 AM
Re: Determining risk calue
These are all great questions about prioritizing assets and determining risk, Bill. Let's throw them out to the security community to see what risk management strategies and tactics are working and not working in their respective organizations.

Also want to point you to Dave Kearns' column: Understanding IT Risk Management In 4 Steps X 3, which outlines a risk management matrix that combines the probability of harm and the severity of harm. 
BillatDellSoftware
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BillatDellSoftware,
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11/21/2013 | 10:29:35 AM
Re: Determining risk calue
Marilyn, Thanks for the tip on the Dave K article.  I really like the last line: "Over the longer term, the only alternative to risk management is crisis management, and crisis management is much more embarrassing, expensive and time consuming." 

We are providing Dave a review of our IAM business in a few weeks.  I'll be sure to bring this one up.  Thanks!

 
Ed Amoroso
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Ed Amoroso,
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11/21/2013 | 1:04:12 PM
Re: Investment priorites
Marilyn, I think an important first step for senior management is ensuring that CSOs are bringing a solid foundation of networking and cybersecurity expertise to audit discussions. In the future, I expect we'll see more highly technical security professionals sporting PhDs and a deep understanding of networks, infrastructure, and devices. These technical experts know the importance of adopting threat detection and mitigation practices, rather than putting all the organization's time and energy into compliance.
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