The world of IT is filled with acronyms, buzzwords and terms of the day. In many cases those pseudo-words create angst and anxiety for those charged with network security. Take for example the acronym BYOD (bring your own device). As soon as that term is uttered in the presence of an IT security administrator, nightmares of unfettered access and security breaches begin to invade that security professional's mind.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. Today, it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices. The simple fact of the matter is that buzzwords, terms, acronyms and pseudo-words should really have no impact on a well executed and planned security posture.
Even so, security vendors and the technology press are exacerbating the security hype surrounding those terms, ultimately adding to the confusion and leading IT professionals to choose quick fixes to deal with the security threats perpetrated by the latest buzzwords.
Buzzwords are just buzzwords
What many IT professionals do not realize is that buzzwords are just buzzwords, terms used for marketing purposes and really should not have an impact on security posturing. The truth of the matter is that an IT security manager should build a strategic information security program that on an ongoing basis measures the risks to data and provides the appropriate guidance on how to mitigate those risks.
It's a simple ideology that takes buzzwords out of the equation. With a properly instituted security program, IT professionals are able to ignore the buzzwords in the irrelevant baggage that accompanies them, and focus on how devices and endpoints access data. By monitoring those connections, tracking usage, and analyzing data in motion, security professionals are able to quickly come up with methodologies that keep data secure, yet still be prepared for the latest data access scenario.
It all comes down to the concept of damning the acronyms and focusing on the actual technology. A strategic information security program takes that into account and offers a more universal approach to keeping information secure, while still supporting the needs of the end user. With that in mind, and he fears related to the latest buzzwords, no matter how hyped they are by vendors in the press, can be quickly dismissed as non-issues.
Proactive security planning prepares IT security managers for whatever comes next, allowing them to stay ahead of the flurry of terms and ideologies, which amount to little more than a marketing description of how a user may consume data. Simply put, ignore the hype and place your trust in your strategic information security program.
Frank J. Ohlhorst is an award-winning technology journalist, author, professional speaker and IT business consultant. He has worked in editorial at CRN, eWeek and Channel Insider, and is the author of Big Data Analytics. His certifications include MCNE, MCSE, A+, N+, L+, and Security+.