Today's information security products are trustworthy, but the processes around information security are fallible, says information security consultant Performanta.
Guy Golan, CEO of Performanta - ITWeb Security Summit Event Sponsor.
Despite publicity around high-profile hacks and breaches in recent months, the IT security technologies being brought to market today do their job effectively.
Performanta, event sponsor of the upcoming ITWeb IT Security Summit, concedes that nothing is impenetrable in the information security space, but says the technologies being brought to market are generally sound.
Guy Golan, Performanta Group CEO, says the people and processes in place are just as important as the technologies in use. “Don't blame the product, blame the implementation process,” he says.
South African information security levels are, in general, low, and the threat posed by insiders is often overlooked. In addition, there has not yet been a single successful court case over a data breach, leading to complacency.
Golan believes South African enterprises will be targeted by more cyber criminals in future, as attention turns to growth on the African continent. “As the 'gateway to Africa', South Africa is ripe for picking,” he says.
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What is needed now, he says, is more communication between the IT department and business management to generate a culture of awareness and to put in place effective strategies, processes and contingency plans.
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“The weakest player will be targeted,” he notes. “Don't be the weakest player.”
Golan says this year's IT Security Summit theme, 'trust', is core to Performanta's business. He aims to take to the event the message that collaboration and co-operation with trusted partners is critical for effective information security.
The annual ITWeb Security Summit will take place from 15 to 17 May 2012, at the Sandton Convention Centre. For more information and to book your seat, go to www.securitysummit.co.za.