Organization wide security

Posted on 2006-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-11

I'm preparing for a MIS exam in college next month. I recieved somewhat of a dubious "tip" that a question similar to "what are the greates threats to organizational security today" could possibly come up. I was just wondering if anyone had any adive on how to tackle this. Also, if you could point me in the direction of some good white papers / resources on this kind of topic. Thanks in advance for your help.

Question by:bowemc
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    > .. greates threats ..
    .. is something very personal, but probably folling come close to your favorities ;-)
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    Hi bowemc,

    Not sure there is any single 'correct' answer to this one however..

    I believe right now the greatest threat is the deperimeterisation of the organisation. In the past we had fairly well definable entry and exit points to our networks whereas now  we are looking at a totally different structure which requires a fundamental change in how we approach security. Due to wireless, remote access, mobile workers, etc not to mention a multitude of connected paraphernalia, we can no longer assume a ‘safe’ internal network. This shifts the focus to individual assets and means that we must make them resilient in their own right. This changes the whole landscape of organisational security and requires a total rethink in the way that we approach it, making the network security perimeter virtually obsolete.

    Look at resources relating to Risk Management and deperimeterisation (or US spelling..) on Google will find you plenty of info. Check out the Jericho Forum (

    Good luck!

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