IT security is one of the most critical issues facing CIOs and other
enterprise tech leaders. In the months since Sept. 11, the “security” issue has grown in importance, ranging from e-mail viruses to user authentication issues to data
protection and business continuity planning.
To help IT execs get a view of what’s happening in IT security, CIN has collected
recent coverage relating to this critical issue. Included in our package of articles
and columns are reports on the growing importance of chief security officers in the
enterprise, as well as trends in IT security, product developments, disaster/business continuity planning.
Chief Security Officers
Rise of the
Chief Security Officer: Even before Sept. 11, many companies were hiring a top
executive specifically to oversee their IT security needs, but in the months since the
attacks the trend has accelerated.
Security Officers’ Pay Varies Widely: CSOs in the financial services industry can
expect to earn significantly more than their counterparts in utilities, manufacturing
and other fields.
Security Threats is Red Cross Exec’s Priotity: Ron Baklarz, the first chief
information security officer at the Red Cross, talks about protecting the charity’s
networks and data – and why the CISO position is surfacing in enterprises like his.
Security Trends and Management Issues
Confront Rising Network Security Threats: Ensuring that their systems are
trustworthy and secure is a major corporate responsibility, but many companies aren’t
doing nearly enough to protect their networks from increasingly potent and global
Business Continuity Plans Seen Falling Short: IT executives post-Sept. 11 are
concentrating more on revamping and testing plans, as opposed to more costly moves
such as relocating offices and establishing new data centers.
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IT Departments Can Help Rather Than Hinder Security
: Chubb Corp. chairman tells IT leaders that security and business continuity
planning must go beyond the walls of IT to include broad executive support.
Survey Highlights CEOs’ Disconnect: A recent Booz Allen survey finds many CEOs
lack a thorough understanding of what it takes to develop and implement a rigorous
Security Tips and Tools
Security Product of the Year 2001
: Concern about network security helps propel a firewall product, Cisco’s PIX 501,
to the top spot in the 2001 Security Product of the Year category.
Trouble Strikes: When disaster strikes, recovering the data center is essential.
But even more important is getting all the critical business functions back in
operation ASAP. Here’s a checklist and template for all the steps you need to go
through to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan — before trouble takes you
The New Logistics of
Disaster Recovery: IT organizations must now work with HR and facilities
management on disaster planning.
Security Management Market Heats Up: Centralized security management tools are
being snapped up by enterprises wanting to solidify and centralize their network
Network Identity Through Hardware: Sun offers a new platform with hardware to help
make it easier for corporations to manage thousands of network users’ identities.
Smart Tools With Smart Cards: As enterprises look to boost network security, many
IT organizations will turn to smart cards to supplement their password approaches to