CIO View: Don't outsource your security

CIO View: Don't outsource your security

Summary: Business security is a serious business. When it comes to large companies that hold a lot of valuable data, any security breach can mean a loss of credibility and thus customers.

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Business security is a serious business. When it comes to large companies that hold a lot of valuable data, any security breach can mean a loss of credibility and thus customers.

Cesare Tizi ZDNet Australia CIO of the Year 2007, and former chief information officer at Australia's largest energy supplier AGL Energy, spoke to ZDNet Australia about the importance of keeping security in-house.

In this exclusive video interview, Tizi comments that "one of the big risks ... is that you carry a lot of credit cards in your system. This means the risk associated with someone gaining access to this information is very high."

So "you have to take it seriously" said Tizi. "In all the IT teams I have had I have never outsourced security...I tell my IT teams that they are privileged people". Tizi claims he always has his head of security reporting directly to him.

Since no security system is fool proof, Tizi recommends "making the business aware of what to do if you have a breach, and making a plan."

Topics: CXO, Banking, Outsourcing, Security

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • CIO of the year 2007

    This "CIO?" outsourced the entire IT department at AGL including security. What a hypocrite. I think you have just made a joke out of your award. The members of the panel that made the selection have lost their credibilty. This is farcical plus plus....
    anonymous