[ISN] CSOs creating cultural change

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Date: Thu Jul 24 2003 - 00:57:46 PDT

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    By Lauren Thomsen-Moore
    Computerworld Today (Australia)
    JULY 23, 2003
    SYDNEY -- The convergence of physical and IT security is driving the
    appointment of chief security officers (CSOs) within the enterprise, a
    new title that is creating cultural change, the senior cybersecurity
    consultant at Pinkerton Australia Pty. Ltd., Atif Ahmad, said this
    Speaking at the Australian Security Industry Association conference in
    Sydney, Ahmad said some organizations are struggling with the
    appointment of a CSO because the skills required for the job cover a
    broad spectrum of both physical and IT security, as well as an
    understanding of risk management and strong business skills.
    For some companies, he said, it's a bit awkward appointing the IT
    manager as CSO because the individual lacks physical security
    experience, so the company instead hires someone outside the
    In the past, Ahmad said, there was a fundamental separation of IT and
    physical security with separate budgets, resources, personnel and
    skill sets.
    "As an example, each door has an access control point and whoever had
    a key had access, which was authentication by possession," he said. It
    has moved on now to authentication by knowledge using PIN numbers or
    combination pads.
    "And now IT has added authentication by characteristic with a swipe
    Threats are also more sophisticated in both physical and IT domains,
    but it goes both ways, he said, IT attacks can cause physical damage
    and visa versa.
    "Technology demands sophisticated infrastructure. As an example, if an
    organization was to buy CCTV as a method of physical security, it's
    not just about setting up the camera, it is about total infrastructure
    integration," Ahmad said.
    Chris Thomas, data protection group senior consultant for Computer
    Associates, said the Open Security Exchange was established in
    recognition of the convergence of IT and physical security (see story)
    He said the group was formed in April to promote the use of security
    best practices for the protection of physical and IT assets. Other
    members of the exchange include smartcard maker Gemplus and Software
    House, a security software company and subsidiary of Tyco Fire &
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