Last year was a turbulent and fast moving one, especially for professionals in the security space. Tightening regulations on data security and compliance as well as new legislation (such as the passing of GDPR) were only part of the shift in landscape.
The CISO’s new focus: risk management
The role of the information security officer or CISO has been changing rapidly as well. No longer as focused on the direct management of IT security technologies and implementation, the role has expanded to something much broader: risk management across the organization.
Why the change? A big part of the shift has to do with how security controls work. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this hasn’t changed of course – but executives are aware more now than ever that prevention isn’t always 100% effective. Plus, in the “age of the data breach,” the board of directors and other company executives are more directly concerned with issues of company data and information security.
What this means for information security officers
What this means for the day-to-day life of a Chief Information Security Officer is an increased focus on reducing risks related to IT assets and company data. Naturally, this involves the management of IT security technology, but has now evolved to a more communicative role within the company. CISOs must work and communicate directly with each business unit to establish processes and controls that reduce risk and meet compliance goals.
The CISO challenge
This new focus creates more challenges for security officers:
- How do you communicate quickly, and on a high level, to other executives and the board of directors?
- How do you efficiently manage risk and compliance with a large, constantly changing IT asset inventory?
- How will you take a consultative role in advising how to dispose of IT assets, to ensure not only data security and compliance… but the financial side as well?
- How do you account for security procedures and secure disposition applied to IT assets utilizing new high-density storage technologies?
Benefits of INVaaS (Inventory-As-A-Service) for infosec officers
Security and data compliance risks revolve around the IT asset inventory of an organization. Assets that are unaccounted for or improperly managed can create a security headache. Executives may be asked at any time to provide an at-a-glance, high-level account of the company’s IT asset risk profile. And during all of this, the “bottom line” is never forgotten either!
Sipi’s INVaaS (Inventory-As-A-Service) program is designed specifically to help infosec executives meet the increased demands of their role.
- Auditing and lifecycle management for a full picture of your inventory and risk exposure from start to finish
- Streamlined reporting makes it easy for security executives to quickly communicate status to the board or to other business units
- Integrated IT asset disposition ensures you have 100% certainty your data has been handled properly and in a compliant manner — while also receiving maximum returned value based on its point in the lifecycle