Efficiency and effectiveness

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Efficiency and effectiveness

I had the pleasure of attending a session with a "guturist" recently — a gentleman by the name of Michael Tchong. He spends much of his time analyzing trends and patterns in technology, human behavior and other areas and uses that information to forecast future trends and directions. While his technology and business predictions were fascinating, one of the comments he made struck me as particularly appropriate to those of us in information security: "If you can't do it for the same cost or lower — outsource it."

A number of colleagues have recently had to deal with outsourcing -- the outsourcing of information security itself. CSOs often talk about defining an "appropriate" level of security. Appropriate security controls are not only effective in assuring the protection of assets/information -- they ...

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