Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Analytics

5/23/2013
06:34 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Security Pros Fail In Business Lingo

Survey shows communication breakdown between IT security staffers and business execs

Non-executive-level security professionals just aren't communicating well or coherently with senior executives, a new survey shows.

That's in contrast to their superiors on the executive side of the security house, who appear to have somewhat hacked the proper business language and perspective: While about 38 percent of non-exec security pros say they use business-oriented language when they communicate with corporate execs, nearly half of exec-level security pros say they do.

The survey, conducted by Hanover Research and commissioned by Tripwire, polled more than 130 security pros in the U.S. between January and March to gauge how they interface with the business side of the house.

Close to half of the non-exec security pros say it's somewhat or very difficult to talk about security with senior managers, while about 35 percent of exec security pros feel that way.

While high-profile breaches and SEC rules are forcing corporate executives to pay closer attention to information security and risk, most IT security pros don't have the business acumen to communicate with the business side, according to Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire.

"The bad news is most IT security professionals haven’t developed the necessary skills to communicate effectively with non-technical executives," he said.

Interestingly, more non-exec security pros (43 percent) than exec security pros (29 percent) say they use risk-oriented language when they talk to the business side. The main topic they need to communicate to execs, they say, is risk management (78 percent of exec security pros, and 85 percent of non-exec security pros).

"IT security professionals tend to focus on granular, technical information, but senior leadership wants to focus on how security can protect business goals like revenue growth, profit, competitive agility and customer satisfaction," Tripwire's Melancon said. "This ability to communicate the value of information security in terms easily understood by the rest of the business is a critical skill for career success in IT security. Connecting security to the business is destined to become the new normal."

The full survey and charts is available for download here.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add Your Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
FluBot Malware's Rapid Spread May Soon Hit US Phones
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/28/2021
Slideshows
7 Modern-Day Cybersecurity Realities
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer,  4/30/2021
Commentary
How to Secure Employees' Home Wi-Fi Networks
Bert Kashyap, CEO and Co-Founder at SecureW2,  4/28/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-27569
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-07
An issue was discovered in Emote Remote Mouse through 4.0.0.0. Attackers can maximize or minimize the window of a running process by sending the process name in a crafted packet. This information is sent in cleartext and is not protected by any authentication logic.
CVE-2021-27570
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-07
An issue was discovered in Emote Remote Mouse through 3.015. Attackers can close any running process by sending the process name in a specially crafted packet. This information is sent in cleartext and is not protected by any authentication logic.
CVE-2021-27571
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-07
An issue was discovered in Emote Remote Mouse through 4.0.0.0. Attackers can retrieve recently used and running applications, their icons, and their file paths. This information is sent in cleartext and is not protected by any authentication logic.
CVE-2021-27572
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-07
An issue was discovered in Emote Remote Mouse through 4.0.0.0. Authentication Bypass can occur via Packet Replay. Remote unauthenticated users can execute arbitrary code via crafted UDP packets even when passwords are set.
CVE-2021-27573
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-07
An issue was discovered in Emote Remote Mouse through 4.0.0.0. Remote unauthenticated users can execute arbitrary code via crafted UDP packets with no prior authorization or authentication.