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February 2003

How to address enterprise IT security concerns with executives

You're an IT/infosec person. You've probably been interested in computers since mom or dad taught you to play the ABC game on the keyboard. You walk the walk and talk the talk, from routers and switches to firewalls and AV. Five tips for security success 1. Know your business 2. Make the business base for security 3. Integrate business people with security process 4. Get your point scross 5. Think ROI But that's not the talk that wins approval for budget increases and new projects. Your briefings are peppered with TLAs that prompt executives to glance at their watches, smile and thank you for your input. From the COO to unit managers, you're "the security guy." Not that that's a bad thing, but your initiatives aren't likely to get funding--or be successful--if you can't effectively engage business managers whose resources you're protecting or the executives who hold the purse strings. You may be the type of security manager--and you're not alone--who'd much rather manage an enterprise rollout of PKI. OK, so you get it. But how ...

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