2012 Strategic Security Survey: Pick Your Battles
What's the biggest challenge facing security teams? It's not preventing breaches, meeting compliance demands, or even vying for executive attention. It's managing complexity, our InformationWeek 2012 Strategic Security Survey finds. Now, we've been running this study for 15 years, and security has never, ever been simple. But over the past decade the threats have piled up; we have too many fancy technologies to deploy and long-winded policies to enforce--with no guarantee that any of them will reduce risk.
So let's break it down. Prioritize the threats most likely to affect your company. If you try to block every conceivable attack, you'll stretch your people and resources so thin that something is bound to break. Stop worrying about what you can't control or predict and focus like a laser on where you can make an impact. That includes tried-and-true basics like strong access control. It includes taking a hard look at potential cloud providers' security claims, and writing Web apps and business software with an eye toward reducing vulnerabilities. It means being prepared for when a salesperson leaves an iPad in a taxi or has her phone snatched out of her hand.
We'll provide guidance on these areas in this article and go into more depth in our full 2012 Strategic Security Survey report. We'll also delve into what 946 business technology and IT security professionals from companies with 100 or more employees told us in our latest in-depth look at the security landscape.