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Posted by Khalid Kark on September 2, 2009
Just the other day, I was speaking with a state CISO about the security challenges she's facing in today's environment. In many regards, she echoed what I've heard from other CISOs in the private sector -- the business (Govenor) is expecting us to do more with less, Web 2.0 bring along a whole new challenge in terms of security, etc. At the same time, she reminded me just how different things are for the public sector by articulating the extra challenges she has on top of all the usual ones:
Now combine these challenges with two facts: 1. states possess a wealth of personally identifiable information (PII) and other confidential information on citizens and businesses, and 2. states process billions of dollars a day. And you have yourself a very attractive target for malicious attacks. As the state CISO, this leaves you with a huge burden of responsibility on your shoulders and a tough road ahead of you.
How should we address some of the above challenges, while ensuring taxpayer money is being spent appropriately? Do you find yourself facing other similar challenges as a public CISO? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.
[posted by Khalid Kark]
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