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December 2005

Editor's Desk: Security for the corporate brand

Know Thy Business At the top of the infosecurity profession, an MBA may trump the CISSP. It's now all about protecting corporate image, not just networks. You entered IT security because you love the technology, right? Coding at 13 and perhaps an innocent hack at 14? Graduating from school, you landed a job where you actually got paid to do what you loved. And you got really good at it. So good, you climbed that corporate ladder. Only now, that dream job has but all vanished as you move farther away from what made you enter this market in the first place. Today, your job is less about bits and bytes and more about business. Coding? Adios. Finding bugs and vulnerabilities? Au revoir. Suddenly, you're the brand guy, the compliance go-to and, of course, the security guru. You're protect- ing the company's crown jewels, fighting incidents to protect the brand and adhering to the endless regulations so your CEO won't go to the Big House. Now's the time to gain the power and influence you deserve. If you don't earn your seat at the ...

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