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July/August 2007

Office Politics

Survival 101 Succeeding in a pressure-filled world of auditors and cyberthreats requires skills in business, technology, people and more. With a load of regulatory requirements, auditor scrutiny and evolving cyberthreats, it's a pressure cooker for an information security executive these days. How's a security manager supposed to survive, let alone succeed, in the enterprise? A big part of the answer has become a CISO mantra: Technology skills aren't enough; a security professional also needs business know-how. A successful one understands how the business works and can speak in terms the C-suite comprehends. "We're there to facilitate the business, not hinder it. In order to do that, you have to be able to pull your head out of the ones and zeros and speak intelligently to people who don't understand the ones and zeros," says Dave Lewis, senior information security officer at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Canada. Some security professionals are so focused on blocking attacks that they overlook ...

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