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September 2003

Fostering an information security culture: CISOs share their best practices

Participants: MICHAEL ASSANTE Chief Security Officer, American Electric Power (AEP) JIM ROBBINS President, Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA Canada) and Canadian CERT LINDA STUTSMAN Chief Information Security Officer, Xerox ANDREW BRINEY (moderator) Editorial Director, Information Security ANDREW BRINEY, INFORMATION SECURITY MAGAZINE (ISM): Lots of security pros talk about the importance of making security "relevant" in their company. Define what that means in your organizational context. MICHAEL ASSANTE, AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER (AEP): For us, it's an awareness of the importance of security across the enterprise. Post-9/11, critical infrastructure companies have to look at homeland security issues. For AEP, the emphasis is on security around the generation and transmission of power. We've got a number of different protection models to struggle with, as well as traditional corporate security concerns. The criteria for us ranges from how we protect our customer data, risks of outages and downtime, all the way to the risk to our ...

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