Trust the technology, fix the strategy
Issued by: ITP Communications
Today’s information security products are trustworthy, but the processes around information security are fallible, says information security consultant Performanta.
Despite publicity around high-profile hacks and breaches in recent months, the IT security technologies being brought to market today do their job effectively.
Performanta, event sponsor of the upcoming ITWeb IT Security Summit, concedes that nothing is impenetrable in the information security space, but says the technologies being brought to market are generally sound.
Guy Golan, Performanta Group CEO, says the people and processes in place are just as important as the technologies in use. “Don’t blame the product, blame the implementation process,” he says.
South African information security levels are, in general, low, and the threat posed by insiders is often overlooked. In addition, there has not yet been a single successful court case over a data breach, leading to complacency.
Golan believes South African enterprises will be targeted by more cyber criminals in future, as attention turns to growth on the African continent. “As the ‘gateway to Africa’, South Africa is ripe for picking,” he says.
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What is needed now, he says, is more communication between the IT department and business management to generate a culture of awareness and to put in place effective strategies, processes and contingency plans.
“The weakest player will be targeted,” he notes. “Don’t be the weakest player.”
Golan says this year’s IT Security Summit theme, ‘trust’, is core to Performanta’s business. He aims to take to the event the message that collaboration and co-operation with trusted partners is critical for effective information security.
The annual ITWeb Security Summit will take place from 15 to 17 May 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre. For more information and to book your seat, go to www.securitysummit.co.za.
ITWeb Security Summit 2012
ITWeb’s seventh annual Security Summit, taking place from 15 to 17 May, at the Sandton Convention Centre, is tailored to address the current IT security concerns of SA’s CISOs and strategic decision-makers. The 2012 Summit features two days’ of informative sessions presented by leading international and local security experts, and a full day of interactive workshops. For the first time, SANS Institute training will be in South Africa and is brought to you alongside the Security Summit programme. You will be able to assess and compare new tools and services within the IT security space at the Security Summit exhibition. Equip yourself with the latest IT solutions, and benefit from commentary on new trends and threats, which may inform your security strategy. For more information, visit www.securitysummit.co.za.