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Arguments Against Security Awareness Are Shortsighted
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kjhiggins
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3/25/2013 | 10:40:26 PM
re: Arguments Against Security Awareness Are Shortsighted
I'm wondering what organizations that can't afford proper security awareness initiatives can realistically do in lieu of check-box training methods.

Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading
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5/3/2013 | 11:37:24 AM
re: Arguments Against Security Awareness Are Shortsighted
Kelly

Great question which reveals the root cause.

The root cause (and Ira has been sucked this mentality also) is that executives typically view business and security as 2 separate universes. The same CEO that constantly looks at business indicators like free cash flow doesn't even conceive of security indicators like the number of files leaked by employees this week to their Dropbox accounts.

Considering the current levels of breaches and data loss and business impact - this is an absurd view of the world.

To make security part of the business, we need to start with CEO-level commitment to security just like she's committed to the bottom line. A companyGs management controls should explicitly include security:

Soft controls: Values and behavior sensing
Direct controls: Good hiring and physical security
Indirect controls: Internal audit driving by real time monitoring

After you do that - you can graduate to enforcement. As Andy Grove once said "A little fear is not a bad thing in the workplace".

See my essay on the Psychology of data security originally written in 2004.

http://www.software.co.il/2010...


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