Picking the Ball out of the back of the net

If you’ve read my other blogs, you may be aware that I am afflicted by being a Bristol City Supporter. Times are tough down at Ashton Gate: a three nil home defeat to Norwich being the latest thrashing we received. It’s all fairly depressing, and none more so than for David James.

Those of you who follow the former England shot-stopper will know he signed for the Robins at the start of the season. And frankly, in some of our defeats, we would have gone down to a rugby score had it not been for some genuine world-class saves. However, you can see from the look in his eyes he is not really enjoying life. You can hear him screaming at his back four and you wonder quite how long he’s going to put up with this nonsense.

So, what’s your point Graeme?

My point is that Mr James is a great analogy for your IT Security Officer. His job can seem slightly fruitless at times, clearing up the mess that his colleagues make. And if the Manager doesn’t understand his problem (poor marking, poor training, no understanding or team work between colleagues), no amount of world-class saves are going to protect the team from a trouncing by some South London side we should really be handing out a pasting to.

Your ITSO is your friend, saving the side from defeat and enabling the team to go on and win. And my fear is that post CSR, the ITSO’s life is going to be even worse. Cuts in spending may mean less training on security, less headcount for the people who design and build security processes, and less spending on the software that ties the two things together. The regulatory and legal landscape is only going to get tighter, and with the Coalition Government announcing only yesterday that it is continuing to open up Government information further (see here) the need for secure processes backed by trained people using quality tools continues to get stronger.

A failure to get constituent parts playing as a team means David James will continue to do his best, but still be picking the ball out of the back of the net three times a game. And references to Bill Shankly aside, ITSOs do a serious and important role

Support them, back them, give them what they need or you too may be staring relegation and a long miserable season in the face.


About Graeme Stewart, McAfee

I work for McAfee as Director of Public Sector Strategy and Relations, UK&I
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