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Staff infection: IT security education is contagious
This article is part of the June 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 5 issue of Information Security magazine
There’s an old adage: Attitude decides one’s altitude in life. This famous saying simply means that your attitude affects your level of success, and the same holds true for organizations when they are implementing and maintaining IT security. Whether we want to believe it or not, every IT worker’s attitude about IT security affects how well our organization, business, or university is secured. And, those attitudes are contagious, shared by the IT department with the general rank-and-file of an organization’s workforce. Even in today’s world, the general IT worker tends to view security as a barrier and a pain. It is implemented by someone else, and it makes their job harder to perform. Look around at almost any IT department and you will see the silos that still exist. We find individuals, or groups of individuals if the company is large enough, that have their own area of specialization. This includes the network group, the database group, the programming group, the middle-layer group, the VoIP group, the system analysts, the ...
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