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Is the information security industry having a midlife crisis?

Kacy Zurkus | July 2, 2015
Focusing on awesomeness and a plan B can help get InfoSec out of its slump.

Following Gonen's advice for the emergence of awesomeness, IT professionals need to develop a common language. "What IT brings to the pictures is we know a lot about technology," said Perkins, "so bring risk equations into the discussion." Risk is a word that both IT and business folks understand.

Perkins said, "Security has to move into a business resiliency phase. When does cyber security become a business continuity concern?" Cyber attacks have the potential to bring a company to its knees, and security has to be in place to allow the business to bounce back.

Moreover, Perkins said that IT professionals need to talk honestly with the board to manage expectations. He likened cyber threats for businesses to a disease and said, "Our company has a disease that can never be cured but it can be treated. There will be times when the disease flares up and it will cost a lot of money to treat the disease, but then there will be other years that are not as expensive."

"We can get quite good at treating it and focus on the business quality of life," Perkins said.

Shifting the way they think about security with a focus on the user experience will redirect the future of information security. "Thinking about awesomeness is a huge career move because two years from now the security officers are going to be the ones who know how to build awesome in to their environments," Gonen said.

 

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