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By FluxIt ·
As I read through many of these postings I continuously note confusion and misunderstandings of many key technology concepts.

A common point of confusion is the distinction between information operations and information security.

Information security is a component piece of the larger discipline of information operations. Business tend to neglect both resulting from a basic lack of understanding.

Information security deals with the integrity of the information.

Information operations is comprised of the security piece but many other pieces as well to include systems, communications, dissemination mgt, propaganda (advertising), and collection.

There is little attention on most of these aspects of information operations. Although numerous fragmented information management efforts such as ERP. MRP, CRM, etc... that leverage the information operations concepts are evolving. We are not addressing our business needs centered on information operations as a discipline. This is a key responsibility of the technology people.

More technology guys need to step back and view the information needs of a business from at least the 1 mile point and not the raging storm drain.

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by Al Macintyre In reply to INFO OPS vs INFO SEC

We often too embroiled in fighting fires to take time & step back & look at the whole infrastructure to see how it ought to be made more fire proof.

Security includes the notion that we can rely upon our data being correct & not corrupted by a variety of things that can mess with it.

Security includes the notion that if our data does get messed up, we can fix it, we can identify what messed it up, we can take measures to prevent future mess ups.

Security includes the notion that accessto our data is structured so people can rapidly navigate to the data that they are authorized to access, without providing visitors with a stick with a burning flame on the top to light their way through our paper archives.

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