Information Security 101

A panel of four industry experts gathered to discuss the importance of education as it relates to information security. Panelists included Michele L. Norin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Rutgers University, Peter Romness, U.S. Public Sector Cyber Security SolutionsLead in Cisco Systems Public Sector CTO Office, Marene Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Johnson & Johnson and Rick Albrecht, Senior Security Advocate in the Client Service Management Office of ADP.

The moderator, Candy Fleming, CIO and Vice President for Information Technology at Montclair State University, facilitated the discussion asking questions submitted by Feliciano School of Business MBA students. Using the questions as a guideline, experts touched upon the importance of developing an understanding of information security at both the corporate and individual level.

“Technology and data, or information, are strategic components to any institution or organization’s ability to operate,” Norin told students and faculty attending the third presentation in the 2017-18 MBA Executive Speaker Series. “Any disruption to the technology and our ability to get to data causes an issue. If we can’t get to those two pieces, we can’t operate,” she continued.

Allison continued to explain the disruption by highlighting the associated risks stating, “you have to weigh what the risks are. To be able to know what the risks are you have to know what your assets are in your company and how important they are to you.”

Shifting to an individual level, Albrecht touched upon society’s dependence on technology to solve our issues, making us our own worst enemy when it comes to information security. “Technology is not the sole solution and not necessarily the best and only answer to keep you secure because you have to consider the human element,” he said. Regularly changing and diversifying passwords, not associating passwords that align with your areas of interest and closing attachments from unknown senders are recommended security strategies.

Fleming concluded the discussion by summarizing the key points, emphasizing the four panelists’ focus on information security education. “It’s not just the people who have information security professions, it is all of us who need to know something, need to worry about it and need to engage in the conversations because it’s a business conversation,” she explained.

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