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10 ways to get execs thinking about security

For far too many IT pros, the battle to show executives the value of caring about your security systems is an uphill one. The top brass sees security as a cost-center and one it can’t afford, end of discussion. 

The only 2 security metrics that matter to execs

Knowing how to talk security with the C-level or board of directors can be difficult. But according to one IT pro, the entire conversation can revolve around two simple metrics – and result in buy-in for your department. 

Video: Password advice from Edward Snowden

Security is no laughing matter – until it’s tackled by one of the preeminent comedians of the day. 

It’s just science: Users don’t pay attention to security messages

Thanks to a recent study, scientists may have confirmed what those in IT have long known: Users will most likely ignore security prompts that pop up on their screens. 

Does talking about breaches in dollars and cents really work?

The conventional wisdom has always been if you want to get people to think seriously about security, you have to put it in the context of the bottom line. But that might not be the best approach after all.

The future of IT is in a state of transition

A recent survey from EMC finds that IT’s role is changing greatly. While that’s certainly challenging, it may actually be a good thing in a lot of ways. 

IT has conflicting views on security: 4 ways to close the gap

Some fundamental disagreements in IT could be putting your organization at risk. Because while most IT departments are fairly cohesive groups where differences in opinion are accepted and encouraged, it turns out there’s a substantial gap in how front-line and upper-level IT pros think about security. 

Physical security is information security, too

Here’s a reminder users probably need: Security doesn’t stop at preventing phishing attacks or keeping passwords closely guarded. Hackers will try a variety of offline tactics to gain access to online systems, too. 

What your users really think about data security

A new survey finds users have a low opinion of IT. Nothing new, there except this wrinkle: Their complaints aren’t about service, they just think IT isn’t doing a very good job of data security. 

Mac OS X users face fewer malware threats, but they are there

An urban legend that persists is that Macs don’t get malware. While it’s true that the rates are much lower than for other operating systems and devices, a report reveals the average Mac user is still under attack.