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April 2010

Economic recovery strategies for information security professionals

During the depths of the recession last year, a global company with 1,700 employees laid off its three-member security department, along with half of its IT department, recalls Mark Kadrich, CEO of The Security Consortium, a security-services firm. "People who weren't directly associated with producing or supporting product were considered expendable," says Kadrich, who also is president of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). At the other end of the spectrum, growing corporate recognition of the importance of security along with ever-present compliance requirements protected some security teams from the worst effects of the recession. In between, lots of CISOs and security managers were forced to put projects on hold and stretch tight budgets. Now, with a few spotty signs of an economic recovery, what should security teams be doing to prepare for better times? What should they be focusing on to position themselves for success when a recovery takes full force? Security professionals ...

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