IT Security Management

IT Security Management

Maintaining the security of an organization is an important facet of the Information Technology department at any company. The role that the IT department and that of their security management processes play in an organization can be the difference between a well oiled machine and a rust bucket.

In this digital age, every company should have some type of IT security management system in place. Mobile technology continues to grow, as does the number of people that are either telecommuting from their home to the office or those that are hired as freelancers or consultants; these people normally aren’t in the traditional office as we know it, with many working from areas outside of the home base city or even country.

Because of this, many businesses – large and small – rely on the Internet and its resources to make sure that their employees are able to keep in contact with each other. Recent cases of companies that had their data compromised by hackers have brought security back in to the limelight, as many an expert has noted that many businesses aren’t doing enough to ensure that their information is kept securely.

The main goal for security management is to prove the appropriate resources in order to eliminate or reduce vulnerabilities and security risks that an organization might run into. While these are usually aimed at the event of someone trying to hack the system, this management also is aimed inward at the users of an organization as well. In many cases, it’s a company employee that can pose the biggest risk, usually due to a lack of understanding in regards to computer security.

There are many factors in which security management needs to function productively, allowing the IT department to keep an organization safe from data loss –

  • Support – the department, as well as the process itself, should be fully supported by the upper levels of management. This is often a problem as many of these senior officials also lack an understanding of the critical damage caused by not having the security to protect files; this can also be seen as a break down in communication, as IT personnel may not explain matters in a way that users actually understand.
  • Management – security management relies on making sure that processes are managed; this means having a central base location that extends to the entire organization, the use and policies of risk management, as well as objectives related to business management.
  • Organization – this is an important factor, as it helps to bring together the organization as a whole. This means that a security management system must also adhere to the organization’s philosophies and mindset and making sure that measures aren’t keeping employees from doing their work, but helping them.

Ongoing – security management should never stop; this means that policies should continue to not only work, but grow as the company grows. This is also true for IT personnel, who should always be training when new technology comes out.

How does IT security function in your organization? Does it publish policies and enforce them? Does it educate the workforce on security management? Is the workforce involved with securing the organization or is that the role of IT security?

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David Peterson

David G. Peterson is a business consultant and author of Handling the Remedy. He has extensive international experience managing projects and operations for large financial institutions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia skillfully managing business and technical requirements, core systems enhancement and support, merger and acquisition integration's, business process reengineering, off-shoring and outsourcing.