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December 2003

Positively the best: Information security industry changes in 2003

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? My guess is most of you said, "half empty." In most areas of life, that's a bad thing (just ask your spouse). But when it comes to managing enterprise security, it's a natural -- even expected -- part of the job. There's a lot about security that's inherently negative. The measure of security's success isn't when something good happens, but when nothing bad happens. Even the prototypical image of the security professional is largely negative. Essential qualities include paranoia, cynicism and suspiciousness. You're taught to take nothing at face value and always assume the worst. You frequently use scary stories and warnings of dire consequences to motivate change. And when your coworkers see you strolling down the hall, their reaction is usually something along the lines of, "Uh oh, what did I do this time?" Under this shroud of negativity, it's easy to overlook all the positive ways security is changing the fundamental landscape of business and government. That's why this issue ...

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