Five Reasons Why Information Security Is Everyone's Job

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Threat Intelligence

Reason #4: Because crowdsourcing is wildly powerful.

Security teams use sophisticated technology to detect anomalies, but those monitoring systems catch only about 50 percent of fraudulent transactions. How are we going to collectively close the gap? Simply stated, we have to develop an information intelligence capability. Security awareness, leading to threat intelligence, has to be built into our behavior as we traverse the virtual landscape. We can move more quickly up the threat intelligence curve by being aware of, and acting on, things we observe.

People who are targeted in certain transactions often have the sense that something is a little off. We should not hesitate to dig deeper. For example, when you get an odd voice message, note the caller's number, and what they said, and then Google it. Very often it comes up as a scam.

Some people think they don't know enough about technology to make a difference, but the truth is that law enforcement agencies depend on ordinary people to help them solve cases. For example, at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), analysts use reported information as input to correlation systems to identify links and commonalities between various complaints and incidents, which are then combined and referred for law enforcement.

With cybersecurity breaches increasing every year, you might feel we will never be able to adequately protect our information. Instead of being overwhelmed, remember that the power of crowdsourcing is tremendous. When we put our ideas together and pool our observations, as James Surowiecki writes, there is the "wisdom of crowds."

How do you nurture your inner security geek? If you see something, say something! The crowd is where the intelligence community gets a lot of their information against constant and pervasive threats. As individuals working together, we can boost both our personal and collective threat intelligence capability dramatically.

We often think of information security as the realm of highly technical geeks, incomprehensible and happy to remain so. But the truth is that each one of us, as we learn to navigate an increasingly digital, mobile and social info-scape, is getting in touch with our 'inner security geek.' Information security has broken out of the confines of the technically elite and is becoming part of everyone's job and day-to-day life. And that's a good thing.

In this slideshow, Yo Delmar, vice president of GRC, MetricStream, has identified five reasons why information security has become everyone's responsibility, not just the IT department.


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