Why do organizations ignore information (cyber) security?

I read an interesting article by Don Jones of Redmond Magazine titled: “The Quest for a Culture of Security”.  In it, Mr. Jones notes (via my paraphrasing):

  • Security gets limited attention and even less funding from decision makers
  • Security hacking has become a profession with significant financial rewards
  • Every company is a target and has been, at a minimum, probed by hackers

In 2010, I witnessed the first item above when Bryley Systems hosted a series of seminars on the (then) new Massachusetts statute for the protection of personal information (201 CMR 17.00); people attended the seminars and took the first steps toward compliance, but most ignored the difficult changes and few made security (and compliance) part of their corporate structure.

Mr. Jones’ suggestion:  Ingrain security into your corporate culture; make it as important as uptime and connectivity and make it a fundamental part of everything you do.

Lynn Russo Whylly, in her May 14th 2014 article “How to Prevent Becoming the Next “Target” of a Data Security Breach” from Chief Executive, recommends:

  • Discuss security with your CIO or MSP regularly (to highlight its importance).
  • Walk-through the data center (to pose questions about its vulnerabilities).
  • Setup security goals and then monitor metrics (to inspect what you expect).
  • Hire an outside person/firm to attack your security (and highlight its flaws).

Her position is that security is a part of the CEO’s responsibility; one of continually growing importance.