[ISN] Thinking outside the IT audit (check)box

http://www.csoonline.com/article/741757/thinking-outside-the-it-audit-check-box By George V. Hulme CSO Online October 21, 2013 After years of security teams reaching into the regulatory compliance budget bucket to find the funding they need for their security efforts, some organizations are noticing that while it won short-term capital, the practice has come back to haunt them in the long run. And while it does sound cliche to hear that compliance does not equal security, many enterprises are taking steps to make sure their focus is on building resilient IT and not merely on passing an audit. A recent report from the IT expert professional community Wisegate, Moving > From Compliance to Risk-Based Security, found that the top driver for implementing a risk management program is to meet regulatory compliance requirements. Fewer than half of respondents cited the general threat landscape or an interest in getting in front of attackers. That troubling attitude could explain why so many organizations remain in firefighting mode—jumping from one breach or security emergency to the next without any chance of getting in front of the risk. While it can certainly be argued, and strongly so, that security wasn’t taken seriously in the days prior to regulatory mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI DSS, and the myriad other regulations and data breach disclosure laws that followed, it’s also certainly tougher to make the strong case that, long term, organizations are better off today for their efforts. Disappointingly, many organizations are doing only the minimum of what needs to be done in order to pass the next audit and to be able to show management that their IT systems are compliant. […]