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Conclusion: Remediating major systems is not a job for the faint-hearted or over-confident IT managers. Poor governance decisions and excessive optimism can easily lead to project failures (and ruin careers). Conversely smart decisions combined with sound project leadership can increase the probability of success and enhance careers. Observations: ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Hits: 827
Conclusion:The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigation report (2011) continues many of the themes drawn out since its first publication in 2008. However, the DBIR is not a best practice guide on how to secure organisational data; it is an aggregation of cases where organisations failed to secure theirs. Consequently, the DBIR should be viewed as a ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Hits: 898
Conclusion: Security professionals are valuable not only for what they know, but also for how they think. However, this style of thinking can often result in them being alienated for “being too negative”. An alienated security professional is a waste of resources, so CIOs should adopt DeBono’s Six Thinking Hats, a thinking exercise based on role-play, ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Thursday, 24 June 2010 | Hits: 655
Conclusion: Organisations that do not treat information security risks seriously could pay a heavy price if a major incident occurs and they are unprepared to deal with it. Observations: In the last ten years the degree of interconnectedness through the Internet of organisations, their suppliers and customers and government, has increased dramatically. ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2004 | Hits: 513
Conclusion: Despite the vendor and media hype around malware threats to the hypervisor, the biggest risk to IT departments from virtualisation is insufficient procedural controls. The risk stems from virtual machines being poorly managed, growing in number, and the consequent haemorrhage of money to support them. Virtual machines should be processed ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Thursday, 29 January 2009 | Hits: 558
Conclusion: Dedicated IT security people are too expensive for SMB organisations. The market trend is towards outsourcing security tasks, and the SMB market must embrace this. Large organisations (500+ people) should make internal security people the managers of internal security programs, and managers of the relationship with managed security service ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Saturday, 28 April 2007 | Hits: 495
Like any other sourcing transaction, relationships with Managed Security Service Providers (‘MSSPs’) that provide information security must be rationalised and planned by customers. Information security is an area of growing concern, but must be fully understood before a decision can be made regarding the approach an organisation will take to protect ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Friday, 28 November 2003 | Hits: 343
Conclusion: Every technology trend in the financial services sector (principally BYOD, changes in cybercrime, cloud, and DLP) has an aspect of identity and access management. IBRS research on the identity management market in Australia has found that there is a very small resource pool of sufficiently skilled practitioners. This means that the financial ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Saturday, 23 June 2012 | Hits: 825
nformation security refers to the protection of sensitive company data and vital systems from external attacks, such as theft or destruction. Part one of this series explored how organisations can determine whether outsourcing information security to a Managed Security Service Provider (“MSSP”) would be the best way to identify, prevent and recover ...
Section: Content | Category: Sourcing & Staffing | Date: Wednesday, 31 December 2003 | Hits: 382
Conclusion: The Australian Institute of Management recognises that leadership and management will need to continue to evolve to keep up with technological innovation and globalisation. Whilst organisations are usually aware of the need to keep up with technological changes, they often struggle with the practical implications for management and impact ...
Section: Content | Category: Operations & Service Delivery | Date: Sunday, 29 January 2012 | Hits: 769