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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: 618
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: 689
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: 941
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: 362
Conclusion: As cloud services - typically Software as a Service - become increasingly accepted, the IT industry is gaining valuable experience in the actual risks of putting data in the cloud. Most of these risks centre around data confidentiality. Knowing the actual risks, rather than the fear, uncertainty and doubt that vendors and security consultants ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Saturday, 28 January 2012 | Hits: 1032
Conclusion: IT security strategies are an invaluable resource as a means of coordinating security efforts and in improving funding approval for security projects – because they can be shown to be following a coherent consistent strategy. The process to create them is an overlooked source of value for the information that it uncovers. An IT security ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Hits: 851
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: 863
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: 892
Conclusion: Big data and analytics projects can learn important lessons from the domain of information security analytics platforms. Two critical factors to consider when planning deployment of an analytics platform are: the need for a clear business objective and; the depth and duration of organisational commitment required. Without a clear understanding ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Sunday, 31 May 2015 | Hits: 582
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: 799

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