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Becca Lipman
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'Enlightened' Non-IT Execs More Likely To Run Secure Organization

Do senior executives understand their role in data security? On the whole, unsurprisingly, no.

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IvySchmerken
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IvySchmerken,
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11/26/2014 | 1:17:35 PM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
There is a skills gap between non-IT folks and security experts. But there is so much information available on best practices/check lists and tools that non-IT types could figure out whether they have adequate protections. I think there's no excuse to be uninformed given the wealth of security information that is out there. Even regulators are stipulating what questions they will aks head of cyber security exams.
Jonathan_Camhi
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11/26/2014 | 11:59:08 AM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
Now that different regulatory agencies are starting to look at cyber security practices, I think board members will be talking a lot more about it over the next year.
Greg MacSweeney
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11/25/2014 | 2:39:59 PM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
Cyber security is now a board level issue. A number of execs have told us that the board of directors spends a lot of time examining security procedures and reports (more than ever before).
Becca L
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Becca L,
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11/25/2014 | 2:35:33 PM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
Wild, I agree. Chris made a great point about firms starting to cycle in new non-IT executives that at least have a grasp of security risk and value its role in the company - security is a company-wide issue, and organizations are realizing that all their executives (and all employees, if possible) need to be in some way "enlightened."
Becca L
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Becca L,
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11/25/2014 | 2:32:33 PM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
In an earlier interview with Chris Camejo he said something I thought was interesting - a proper perspective on security vulnerabilties. He said that when vulnerabiliteis are found today, it's not like they have just popped up, chances are they've been there since the begining of operation, but it's just now coming to light because hacking technology is making those loopholes more posisble to exploit. It's sort of like building a higher and higher wall while they build taller and taller ladders. Any firm that thinks they can just stop building up defenses is asking for an attack.
Becca L
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Becca L,
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11/25/2014 | 2:28:41 PM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
I couldn't believe that either, but I guess it goes back to the point that these executives are non-IT. They only know what they're told, or really able to understand about security. If IT tells them all is well, don't worry about our side of the business (just give us more money) I suppose they'll turn around and say it's secure.
IvySchmerken
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IvySchmerken,
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11/25/2014 | 11:55:29 AM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
An eye-opening statistic from the survey cited is that 37% of companies think their customer data is safe, while it should be closer to 100%. Thsoe that hire experts to perform penetration testing of their networks are more realistic about the skills of hackers. Yet they seem skeptical when vulnerabilities are found, calling this "theoretical."  
Greg MacSweeney
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11/25/2014 | 5:43:35 AM
Re: Kidding Themsevles
Ha. Yes. As soon as you think you are secure and you have found every vulnerability, that is when you will be hacked. Complacency and security do not mix well.
Jonathan_Camhi
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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11/23/2014 | 8:26:49 PM
Kidding Themsevles
Any organization right now that thinks that it's totally secure against a breach has no idea what is going on in the world of cyber security. Any company out there can get hit right now.
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