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Mary Ann Davidson: Integrity in information security
This article is part of the September 2003 issue of Information Security magazine
Mary Ann Davidson, CSO, Oracle It isn't how she came to be Oracle's chief security officer that matters most to Mary Ann Davidson. It's why. Mary Ann Davidson The MBA had lobbied her software company to create the position, but figured someone with stronger roots in IT would essentially ensure the security of databases holding valuable corporate information. Instead, Oracle chose the straightforward Davidson, whom they knew would speak up when things weren't right. "Many people work at companies and are asked to choose between their integrity and employment, or change some attribute that's really important to them. I hadn't compromised that, because I'm not sure I could," she says. "Oracle wanted me for that attribute--my basic integrity. It doesn't get any better than that." Not long after she assumed the CSO role came the company's "Unbreakable" marketing campaign, which has not only created more pressure for Davidson and her staff but also raised the industry bar for developing software that can withstand harsh security ...
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Features in this issue
Cover story: Profiling 25 outstanding technologists, researchers and executives who are reshaping information security.
Rhonda MacLean believes her success in infosec comes from finding and hiring the right people.
Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson faced pressure from the get-go thanks to the company's Unbreakable marketing campaign.
Bace guides startups as a venture capitalist with Trident Capital, while being CEO of network security consultancy Infidel.
A former sportswriter, Chen conceived that antivirus scanners should migrate to the Internet gateway, where they could catch more viruses and worms.
The longtime computer science professor is one of the world's top authorities on encryption and cyberterrorism.
Security pros often talk about establishing an information security culture. These C-level execs explain how to make it happen.
Columns in this issue
In his new book, "Beyond Fear," Bruce Schneier advocates measuring risks and applying rational security.