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This article is part of the January 2006 issue of How to stop data leakage
Industry solutions are tailored for big companies and big budgets--leaving SMBs in the dust. While talking to a colleague several weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to be in New York City for a security conference. I pointed out that I was doing the event "on the cheap" since I had not budgeted for it; I was very proud that I was going to spend a week in Manhattan, attend a conference and only cost my company $300. My colleague replied, "Remember when you could blow $300 on breakfast and no one would notice?" That offhand remark about lush expense accounts really made me think about how my situation had changed. When I started my career, I worked for the Big 6 (now the Big 4) accounting/consulting firms and have since worked for several Fortune 500 infosecurity consulting companies. As a security consultant, I always preached best practices and big-budget solutions. Many of my Fortune 500 clients were readily willing to make whatever changes were necessary to bolster their IT security and comply with government mandates. While cost was a consideration, ... Access >>>
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