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20 December 2013

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First, the cybersecurity professional must at least understand the technical side of cybersecurity and be armed with a security stream-of-consciousness at all times. Next, these skills must be sharpened on a daily basis. Last but not least, we as security professionals need to educate our colleagues and corporate management, then educate, explain, and educate some more. Once a large breach, aka Target in 2013 has happened, corporate leadership cannot put the incident into a bottle and close it. Our job is to lead management skillfully. Technical tools are a significant portion of information security, but they are not the be-all and end-all. A trained work force must support the technical portion, and an overarching corporate security policy must back the security program.

And, once in place, the security program must be continually evaluated and reporting must be in place for performance analysis and improvement.

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