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March 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 2

Well-rounded information security education benefits IT professionals

Every day we hear about the newest attack, the latest exploit, or another cyber threat. In response, we hire security consultants, look for the best security team we can find, and buy the latest products from the security vendors. Security expertise cannot exist in a silo, however. All employees in your organization need to be security savvy to help reduce risk. But how many of your personnel worry about security on a daily basis? While our credo is that all of your employees are responsible for your company’s security, the IT professionals are—to one degree or another—at the forefront of security issues that arise in your business. How can IT professionals become security savvy? In general, there are three basic tracks to an information security education. Different individuals may choose different paths, either informal or formal. Many times, there’s synergy to be gained when IT staff members participate in multiple types of IT security education. Informal Information Security Education As a whole, IT professionals are bright ...

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