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August 2006

Perspectives: Frame security as a business concept

It's not enough to just enter the boardroom. Once you take a seat, you've got to prove you belong. The need to apply information security initiatives to a company's line of business is an idea we hear about constantly, but don't necessarily see practiced. The industry understands that to successfully protect organizations, infosecurity leaders must be included in the decision-making processes by the top executives. A myriad of articles describe how the CSO, CISO and director of infosecurity can achieve seats at the conference table, elbow to elbow with an organization's key managers, to discuss how information security can benefit the enterprise. They paint a picture of good relationships with board members, but the reality is far less rosy. When infosecurity executives garner a C-level seat, the CEO and his management team often discover that many of the security initiatives seem operational in nature, and the partnership fizzles. It's not because the topic isn't important; it's from a shortage of proper infosecurity marketing ...

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