Measuring a return on investment (ROI) for security infrastructure is challenging. Most organizations primarily view security investments as a must-have capital expenditure. They know security systems are fundamentally necessary to protect people and assets and keep operations running smoothly. So while these technologies fulfill objectives and successfully help security teams prevent incidents, organizations oftentimes will ask: How can we truly quantify the value of a breach that never occurred?
Why is it that we keep on doing the same things in security year after year and we expect a different result? For decades, we have been buying and installing security tools to “fix” our security issues around things such as patch management, privileged access, application vulnerabilities, etc. And yet these issues remain at the top of the list of security issues today.
Dedicating some portion of communications personnel time to the security team can drive global awareness of programs and initiatives critical to the safety of the organization, thereby increasing programmatic success.
Go to any security conference and you’ll be quick to discover that getting “buy-in” and maintaining a “seat at the table” are still the predominant concerns among security leaders. After all, unlike other business units that bring in revenue directly, corporate security must show that it is not merely a cost center but a cost- (and sometimes a life-) saver.
Mass notification systems (MNS), since becoming part of the Clery Act in 2010, are an integral part of how colleges and universities communicate with students and faculty. Security and police departments put in the time and effort to implement these notifications systems for important security situations.
While the specific day-to-day tasks for a Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) may vary from organization to organization, there are typical, core functions that are universally familiar, be it crisis management, travel security or executive protection. Responsibility for the safety, security and well-being of an organization, its assets, people and reputation has widespread institutional impact.
Our special feature this month highlights the Department of Homeland Security's newest agency: the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Also, this month we highlight the Leander Independent School District's data practices that protect student privacy. Security experts discuss video monitoring, cybersecurity for public-private partnerships, privacy and more.