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    Jason Edelstein of Sense of Security, a sponsor company at the marcus evans Australian CIO Summit 2012, discusses how IT security risks can be identified and mitigated.

    Interview with: Jason Edelstein, Chief Technology Officer, Sense of Security


    Many organisations today are blindly focusing on the latest buzz initiative, not giving Information Technology (IT) security and risk management the attention they need, says Jason Edelstein, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Sense of Security. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of key information assets is an integral component of IT, he adds.

    From a sponsor company at the upcoming marcus evans Australian CIO Summit 2012, in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 23 - 25 July, Edelstein discusses IT security and what Chief Information Officers (CIOs) should prepare for.

    What are the major challenges in the IT space today?

    Technology is evolving at a never before seen pace, bringing with it new security challenges e.g. mobile computing, WiFi, 3G/4G, social media, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD), etc. Enterprises need to conduct risk assessments on these new technologies before introduction, to better understand their exposure to risk and to allow the organisation to realise the benefits that technology advancements can provide.

    How should security risks be identified?

    To understand the security risks that an organisation faces, it is necessary to undertake a risk assessment that will identify an enterprise’s key information assets and perceived security threats, and assess them based on likelihood of risk and business impact. This process will help focus your limited resources on mitigation strategies that deliver the most effective outcomes. Unfortunately, many organisations follow an unstructured approach and implement point solutions to defeat the current technical security threat. This non-strategic approach is reactive and inefficient, and often focuses valuable resources on the wrong threats.

    The best way to identify new threats and risks is to partner with a trusted security organisation that is solely focused on information security research and consulting services. Preferably your selected partner will also possess considerable experience within your industry.

    Why should IT security play a larger role?

    IT is an enabler that drives business opportunity and operational efficiency. Its role is to support business strategies that allow an organisation to achieve objectives that would not be possible without technology. Information security is an integral component of IT and necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of key information assets.

    In the future, I expect there to be mobile device security issues, malware and attacks compromising enterprise security, and an increase in client-side attacks, especially browser focused and/or application targeted. Cloud computing security inadequacies will also become more apparent and state-sponsored malware attacks, industrial espionage and hacktivism will become more evident. Information security is critical for protecting the organisation against these threats.

    What is the best advice you could give to CIOs?

    Forget about following the fads and focus on the fundamentals. The problem is that many organisations are blindly focusing on the latest buzz initiative: The cloud, the virtualised data centre, the unfettered mobile worker or the new collaborative web application that is going to integrate all their processes. And, in their haste, they are forgetting about the security fundamentals, thereby creating a perpetual vicious cycle.

    Organisations that develop a mature security strategy that promotes sound security principles will be better positioned to effectively manage risk to their information assets. In essence security is still about finding the optimal mix of people, process and technology.

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    About the Australian CIO Summit 2012

    This unique forum will take place at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 23 - 25 July 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on the evolving role of the CIO, data-processing activities, being a creator of value and mastering business responsibilities.

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    Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

    About Sense of Security

    Sense of Security is an Australian based Information Security and Risk Management consulting firm delivering market leading services and research to organisations throughout Australia and abroad. Our services are used by many major names in the Banking and Finance, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail, Service Provider sectors as well as Resources, Utilities and Telecommunications. In the public arena we conduct business with Local, State and Federal governments.

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