Posts Tagged ‘culture’

No more Department of No

As organisations come to terms with the impact of digital transformation, there have been louder calls for security teams to stop being the Department of No. In general terms, this is a positive trend but there is a danger for security teams as the ‘shift left’  of digital transformation exposes more and more that security teams haven’t been living the much-espoused business enablement or business partnership calls that we’ve heard so often in the past. 

Security teams need to take this as a wake-up call for to rethink what actual value they are delivering and how a change in their approach could increase the value they provide.

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Strategic Security Management Challenges

I was recently asked by a consultancy firm to provide a keynote talking about the challenges I had faced as a security leader during my career and how the consultancy could start thinking about how to help people in my position. I appreciated the customer-first orientation they were adopting, refreshing in a world of consultancies that have a habit of leading sales engagements with why it would be both foolish and dangerous not to buy their off-the-shelf industrialised services that were designed for smaller more focused firms with less in-house capability.

Large global enterprises share much in common but the key themes of concern for a security leader in my experience are:

  • Complexity (the old enemy of security),
  • Scale,
  • Availability of the right people and
  • Culture

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