Melding of IT, Society Key to Rebuilding
A ghastly terrorist attack that struck at the financial heart of the country. Another errant computer virus worming its way through the network. A shaky economy further destabilized. A call to arms from the president. How do the IT business and professionA ghastly terrorist attack that struck at the financial heart of the country. Another errant computer virus worming its way through the network. A shaky economy further destabilized. A call to arms from the president. How do the IT business and professional fit into this calamitous scenario? IT fits in by realizing that, like it or not, the proper melding of technology with the aims of society and business will be a central feature in the rebuilding process. Consider the following: The terror attacks on New York and Washington were tragic almost beyond description. As I walked through Manhattan last Tuesday night looking at the posters of missing people lit by altars of candles and surrounded by weeping onlookers, the sense of a city in mourning was complete. But if the goal of the terrorists was to stop the financial engines as well as destroy innocent lives, they failed. The banking system continues to work, stock trading has resumed, and the torrent of digits that underpins the modern economy continues unabated.
Today, security of all types, but especially security of a companys information systems, is paramount. The days of upper management applauding security and then cutting the funding to do the job are over. Computer security is a mixture of policies, products and constant vigilance. Anyone who asks you to attach a return-on-investment criterion to security is a fool at best. Today, more than ever, a company should never venture into the real or digital world without a way to assess, protect and restore its information lifeblood. Taking an ROI approach to security will only get you minimum-wage workers at porous airport security stations.