Enhancing Security and Functionality At The Same Time

February 24, 2009
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Have you ever been sucked into the false debate over how much IT spending should be spent on security?  I used to all the time.  Some folks point to a rule of thumb that goes something like “ten percent of the IT budget should be applied to security.”  That old school formula may well be part of the reason we got into the mess we are currently in.  It contributes to thoughts that lead you to think security can be separated.  By my way of thinking, 100% of the budget goes to security and functionality and that is the calculus. Really, security is about ensuring information confidentiality, availability and integrity. And those constructs are totally connected to functionality of IT.   I try whenever possible to use the term security and functionality in the same context just to underscore that point.  For example, the goal I continually push regarding security in the federal space is not just one dealing with security.  I put it this way:  “Security and functionality of all federal IT will be increased by two orders of magnitude in the next 24 months.”  Putting the goal this ways also underscores that it is not security vs….


Have you ever been sucked into the false debate over how much IT spending should be spent on security?  I used to all the time.  Some folks point to a rule of thumb that goes something like “ten percent of the IT budget should be applied to security.”  That old school formula may well be part of the reason we got into the mess we are currently in.  It contributes to thoughts that lead you to think security can be separated.  By my way of thinking, 100% of the budget goes to security and functionality and that is the calculus. Really, security is about ensuring information confidentiality, availability and integrity. And those constructs are totally connected to functionality of IT.   I try whenever possible to use the term security and functionality in the same context just to underscore that point.  For example, the goal I continually push regarding security in the federal space is not just one dealing with security.  I put it this way:  “Security and functionality of all federal IT will be increased by two orders of magnitude in the next 24 months.”  Putting the goal this ways also underscores that it is not security vs….

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