A call for leadership

By Ben Rothke  |  Posted 2003-12-15 Print this article Print

Whats needed to go beyond best practices and into the realm of effective, proactive security? Leadership.

The CIO or CISO must have a clear vision and the boldness to pursue it. He or she must have the aptitude to lead and real power to implement meaningful change, which requires the trust and support of senior management.

The key is to have Vince Lombardis experience and skill before making decisions. By the time he was a head coach, Lombardi wasnt following football best practices, but he created practices that many others tried to emulate.

If Lombardi were a CIO or CISO today, he would be relentless in pursuing quality; excellence; the understanding of risk; and the execution of a workable, realistic, pragmatic security strategy. CIOs and CISOs today cant find a better role model.

Ben Rothke is a New York-based security consultant with ThruPoint Inc., a global IT consultancy. McGraw-Hill has just published his book, "Computer Security: 20 Things Every Employee Should Know." Rothke can be reached at brothke@thrupoint.net. Free Spectrum is a forum for the IT community. Please send your comments and submissions to free_spectrum@ziffdavis.com.


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