A knotty problem
win by strategy is no less the role of a general than to win by arms.
Security is by far the deepest cut of them all. No other aspect of infrastructure,
IT or otherwise, has quite the same potential for damage and destruction if
the set-up isnt right. But maintaining the integrity of an IT infrastructure
is easier said than done. It involves protecting the organisation against forces
within and without. Those within are often deadlier. In the words of Lawrence
Lief, Industrial Security Analyst, Those you trust the most can steal
However, things have improved. Unlike in the past, more than 70 percent of the
organisations that have invested or plan to invest in security have documented
security policies. With the CEO and functional heads involved in framing the
said policy, matters are definitely on the right track.
Naturally, it takes a strategist with a keen mind to put in place a shield of
security around an organisation. In this issue we honour the winners of the
SecureSynergy Security Strategist Award, CIOs who have excelled at implementing
securitylock, policy and barrel.
The winners of this years awards are banking giant SBI, IT/ITES biggie
Mphasis, and FMCG front runner HLL. With certified staff and approval from the
board for the banks security policies, SBIs Kumar has his work cut
out for him. The sheer scale of the banks operations is daunting9,300
branches, 1,60,000 users, 72,000 devices on the network.
At Mphasis, security is so stringent that employees going AWOL find their ID
and access rights revoked after two days. The company doesnt just have
a security policyit has an information security management system. Mphasis
security concerns go beyond the walls of the organisation to industry-wide collaboration
on the BPO industry employee database with Nasscom.
At HLL, information security is almost a decade old. Here the initiatives are
led by business rather IT. Quarterly compliance monitoring, random audits, vulnerability
analysis and patch managementits all part of the routine when it
comes to security at the FMCG major. The company has a full-time security officer.
Every organisation has to find its own path when it comes
to security. Theres no one golden path shining through. On this note,
I give you the nominees and winners of this years Security Strategist
Prashant L Rao
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