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September 2013 Volume 15 / No. 7

Cybersecurity and global risk assessment enter the boardroom

"We need to advance the security agenda to the boardroom," said MacDonnell Ulsch, CEO and chief analyst of ZeroPoint Risk Research. That means turning to managing risk, according to Ulsch. "I know there are those who disagree with this, and who believe that technical security is the answer. To me, it is only part of the solution of managing risk. "It is interesting, too, that so many in the industry are focusing on data protection of regulated data, but that intellectual property [IP] and trade secrets seem less critical, even though these secrets may be the lifeblood of the company," added Ulsch. "If I lose PII and PHI, it's a bad day, and there are consequences. If I lose IP, it may be the end of the company. So managing risk is what security professionals are doing. They know it, now we need the rest of the organization to know it." Ulsch, who joined the Information Security magazine editorial advisory board last month, is among the experts who shared tips and strategies in my article on global risk assessment and security. ...

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