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Information security roles growing in influence
This article is part of the Information Security issue of January/February 2011
Cloud computing is too attractive for organizations to ignore and Caritas Christi Health Care System is no exception. The Boston-based health care organization, which provides health services to patients in eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island, is contemplating moving some data storage and possibly email to the cloud. Throughout the vendor evaluation process, Jim Murphy, information security officer at CCHC, is making sure critical security issues -- such as encryption of data in transit and at rest -- are addressed. "I'm working closely with the systems engineering group to plug myself into those projects and conversations," he says. "Before we sign a contract, I'm trying to get security to have a seat at the table to address the risk." In their rush to move IT services and applications to the cloud, organizations have often left security out of the decision process. But Murphy's work reflects a shifting tide, as more businesses are giving security management some degree of authority over cloud ...
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Columns in this issue
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