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Living with Risk: Where Organizations Fall Short

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Living with Risk: Where Organizations Fall ShortPeople tasked with protecting data are too often confused about what they need to do, even with a solid awareness of the threats they face.

I am the first to admit that I possess a robust naivety about the general public's appetite for risk. How can people agree that there is a risk and then exhibit behaviors that would seem to indicate that they find the risk irrelevant or that they are immune? I eagerly consume any report or survey that might shed some light on "how" and "why" someone could justify living with (or even exacerbating) security risks.

While the news always seems to be filled with examples of companies being woefully underprepared for breaches, my discussions with the corporate security practitioners who attend IT industry conferences show me an impressively nuanced understanding of risk. This leads me to assumptions about the factors that are causing the increasingly grotesque breaches we read about. But...(continued)

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