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ISC(2) Aims to Expand Executive Involvement in IT Security

Hord Tipton ISC(2)

Many CEOs regard IT security as a cost of doing business. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2, wants to change that perception and is making it his mission to shift ISC(2)'s focus from the usual security executives to higher-level executives on the business side.

"For so long we have been preaching to the converted," Tipton said.

Business executives are in scarce supply at events like this week's (ISC)2 Congress, which is packed with IT security educational events and sessions. This lack of executive interest can translate into security problems, Tipton said.

"You have to have their support, otherwise we're wasting time and we're operating under what I call a pseudo sense of security," he said. "If they don't believe in it (IT security) or just see it as a nuisance, as opposed to being a profession that enhances and adds to the bottom line, then you will have a really have a hard time getting them involved in the way that they should be."

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
(ISC)2: Execs Must Buy Into IT Security

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.