Why C-Level Execs Should Care More About IT Security

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IT security can help you remain competitive.

Over two-thirds of U.S. IT professionals (77 percent) who are without an insider threat program plan to launch one this year, while 56 percent have one already. If you don't put one in place, you risk having weaker defenses than your competitors, something that can be held against you when pitching for that next big contract.

IT security is often in danger of being one of those things that only the IT department cares about — often seen by the C-suite as simply a cost to the business that doesn't add to revenue streams. With regard to internal security, for example, more than half of IT professionals believe that their senior management does not take enough responsibility for employee training, security policies or technology implementations to mitigate the insider threat.

The threat that employees pose is one of the most potentially dangerous to a business. It doesn't matter how good your network perimeter defenses, firewalls, antivirus software and threat-detection software are; if your employees fall for phishing scams, share passwords or still have access to company files once they've left, you're wide open to attack.

Which isn't to say that insider threat is not addressable, or that protecting company data is the only reason internal security is important. In this slideshow, IS Decisions CEO François Amigorena explains why C-level executives should care more about IT security and, in particular, the insider threat.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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