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Teaching employers about certification may be way forward

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Teaching employers about being certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT could be a way forward for companies to better embrace security.

 

Richard Kirk, VP of Fortify Software, claims that educating a boss or board about CGEIT may be a key to companies taking security more seriously as IT governance issues have become more important.

 

Kirk said: “This certification, which is expected to be recognised and adapted as a ‘best practice,' could help business executives, or your boss, understand the growing need for tighter IT security and governance from the top down. Management must acknowledge the need to include IT security at the strategic level in organisations. Rather than trying to push the IT agenda with ‘cry wolf' strategies, know your audience and speak in their terms.”

 

He further claimed that application security issues are becoming more important so IT professionals have to learn the language of enterprise and corporate governance.

 

Kirk said: “It's your job to remind these folks that IT has become more important to achieving company goals and that information security (including application security) is an integral part of IT governance. IT executives must educate C-level executives so they can understand the message: IT governance is more than just security controls or audit-related controls.

 

“In fact, managing operational and IT risk has surpassed regulatory compliance as the top governance priority, according to an April 2008 report by AMR Research. In addition, The Harvard Business Review found that firms with more effective IT governance had more senior management involved in the process. If the CIO isn't involved, successful IT governance might be a difficult goal to attain.”

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