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This article is part of the January 2009 issue of How to be successful with your security steering committee
SHAWN PARTRIDGE CONTINUALLY nudges his staff and his superiors at Rockford Construction in Grand Rapids,Mich., to view information security-and IT in general-as a means to bring about positive changes for an industry beset by economic woes. "Until I came here, IT was a support mechanism," says Partridge, whose company has no CIO. "It was seen as a cost center only." Since Partridge, vice president of IT, implemented Web portals to make site management easier, employees "used to running projects with a walkietalkie and a pad of paper" are not only embracing the new technology but are helping him evangelize the importance of good security habits. "We implement different levels of access" for foremen, customers, and others with a stake in a project, Partridge says. As threats to corporate data grow, putting organizations' reputation and revenue on the line, many CIOs and IT executives view information security with appropriate urgency. They're working to elevate security in the enterprise by expanding their roles and responsibilities, teaming up with CISOs or ... Access >>>
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