Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning...I've Been Informed That I'm "Naive"

Last week I contributed a piece to LinkedIn called, "What It Takes to be a Great Security Leader".  The contribution to LinkedIn contained this graphic that I invested a significant amount of time to create.

I'm anything but an artist but I am often a reporter.  In order to create this graphic that is not built around my personal opinions, I had to become a reporter.  

I went out to the business, the customer of security, and asked the business what it thought of the security leadership it had encountered. 

My follow-up question dealt with what the business might want, need and expect from security leadership.  What I built into this graphic represents what the business told me.

My motive here is simple. I'm trying to step out in front of the security leaders to find out what security leaders can do to turn their set of skills into a true profession.   A profession that is consistently taken seriously at the "C" suite table.  

Some security leaders have legitimately become part of the "C" suite but most have not. No, I don't think security is considered to be a profession yet and I'm doing what I can to help move security to the stature of a profession.

These were the words one of your colleagues left at the bottom of my LinkedIn article today.

"AI feel a lot of what Mr. Snyder states is naïve. A security professional must not be approachable by all employees. He/she is not supposed to be friendly. As regards speaking the language of business, I agree. the security leader/professional must base his/her decision on cost benefit analysis. He/she must identify threat trends and price security solutions for them."
So help me with this one please.  I ask the customer of security to give me a report card on the performance of security.  Then I write up and present my findings like a reporter would and I'm "naive".  Can someone please explain that to me?

Later today, I'll demonstrate how this situation calls for an Emotional Intelligence skill called Impulse Control.

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