Security Best Practices
Source: Security Pipeline - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security Centralization, automation, problem prioritization--many IT-security professionals are embracing those concepts as they fight off the never-ending onslaught of threats. Security products can help businesses stem the flood of vulnerabilities, but IT teams also have to put in place processes to ensure that they're responding appropriately and being proactive in warding off potential dangers. Fact is, some companies spend too much on some parts of their organization and not enough on more-vulnerable areas.

Security pros are under increasing pressure to do the job right and cost-effectively as networks extend beyond firewalls to remote users, partners, and customers, and to cell phones, PDAs, and other mobile devices; regulatory requirements to safeguard data have risen; and concerns about identity theft are at an all-time high. Hackings and other unauthorized access contribute to the approximately 10 million instances of identity theft each year in this country, according to the Federal Trade Commission. "How sensitive is a company about being on the front page of the paper?" asks Pete Lindstrom, founder and analyst at Spire Security. InformationWeek and others have reported on a rash of cases involving inadequate security and poor handling of customer data. "If the value of assets is high, companies should follow security best practices," Lindstrom says.

To understand how companies are managing it all, InformationWeek interviewed business-technology professionals on the front lines to see how they're handling some common security issues. From the higher-level picture of risk management to the nitty-gritty details of patching, here's how they do it.

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