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IT security education climbs the corporate ladder
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of May 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 4
It’s a recurring theme. Security is the IT department’s problem. We see it time after time. When asked about security, middle and senior management defer to IT managers and associated staff for answers. Delegating the technical aspects of security to IT departments, especially staff that specialize in security, makes sense. Middle and senior management should have input into decisions that affect everyday business operations, however. Do business managers possess enough IT security literacy to ensure IT practices and policies aren’t adversely affecting business productivity? Unfortunately, many times, they can’t even ask the right questions to determine if their input is needed or not. When a user’s account gets compromised at one organization that we know of, the user is locked out for 24 hours. The account is literally turned off. The person comes to work, but they can’t log into a single system to get anything done. This “24-hour lockout” policy was determined by the IT specialists who setup the authentication hardware. The ...
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