Butt chat was kick-started by in a spirited fashion by MTI_Technology who threw down the gauntlet with the tweet:
This sustained a long thread of chat debating the relative roles of people, process and policies in keeping organisations secure. There was a strong sentiment that the malicious insider could wreak havoc but that a positive ethos backed by strong governance mitigates the toxic climate that incubates the bad apple.
Meanwhile @katweasle suggested a smart tech architecture and use of compartmentalisation can further protect against the incidents caused by the malicious insider:
And although attention is naturally drawn to the cyber criminal, the reality of digital life is that most incidents are caused by negligence or ignorance as @ClearSwift pointed out.
The nature of governance was also dissected and how suited it is for the fast-moving digital age. A recurring theme was the need for good personal cyber hygiene by all staff – working from the bottom up – as well as sound top-down governance. Similarly rules and regulations have to adapt fast to new business circumstances. So does centralised governance remain an ideal?
Yes, according to @guybunker with the following qualification:
While @Real_Security tweeted:
@S_Clarke22 summed it up thus:
Tweeters picked over variations of Question 2 throughout the chat: which of the C-Suite should be ultimately accountable for cyber security, the CIO, the CISO, the CEO or the CDO? The majority, including @IronMountainEUR, thought it was a shared concern, but needs clearly defined accountability:
and @AndrewTang pointed out:
And Q3: ‘What’s the best response to the put down, cyber security is a job for IT’? Drew the following responses:
“They’ll never hit us from that distance” to ‘Laughter’ and, from @okta_uk
Final word goes to co-host of the chat @Nickprescot’s whose parting shot was upbeat:
These are the highlights of an energetic chat and please do check the #ITValue for the full transcript of the debate. Next chat is December 3rd, 4-5pm GMT on what will be the digital priorities and challenges for 2015: Digital infrastructure? Digital skills? Digital business? Make the date in your diary now!
Also by Helen Beckett
Helen Beckett is the Community Manager of the Business Value Exchange. She has been a writer and editor for over 20 years and takes a particular interest in the challenges facing the CIO in today’s business climate.