The State of Security Convergence
By Kathleen Kotwica,PhD, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist, SEC; Principal Analyst, Security Leadership Research Institute, and Herb Mattord, PhD, CISM, CISSP, Kennesaw State University - Department of Information Systems
Why Is Collaboration Increasing?About a year ago, the SEC conducted a Security Barometer poll that asked about interaction and cooperation between cyber and corporate security. Sixty percent of respondents said cooperation had increased, and 69% stated the reason for this was "issues that emerged of joint interest" – most likely COVID-19.
Corporate security leaders have told us of increased collaboration in securing home offices and recovering company assets if work-at-home employees leave. Corporate security has been involved in assuring that off-site workers are where they say they are, and they've been involved in health checks. Also, executive management seems more aware of cyber and corporate security interactions and how increasing interaction could benefit the company.
The Continuum of ConvergenceMost existing literature on corporate security and cybersecurity convergence concentrates on where a converged department reports, to whom, and at what level the organization sits. This focus tends to create turf wars. We believe it does not have to be so clean-cut.
Convergence can occur along a continuum, from the structure we traditionally think of when we say "converged" – one combined team, headed by one leader – to two organizations that routinely collaborate, to two functionally separate entities that collaborate on an as-needed basis. Each one of these examples constitutes convergence at some level and may bring the benefits we tend to expect from collaboration.
Does the level of convergence impact the benefits gained? Is the impact of collaboration consistent across industries, for different sizes of company, in various corporate cultures? Are there good reasons not to converge? We hope our research can begin to answer questions like these.
Goals and ParticipationWith the help of participating security leaders, this research will
Click here to take a short, 20-minute survey. Selected participants will then be contacted for further interviews and will have access to optional peer sharing panels in which vertically aligned peer groups will meet online to explore emerging results including an industry self-assessment tool.
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Copyright Security Executive Council. Last Updated: October 26, 2021
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