Cyber security takes center stage with new presidential directive

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Zinaich, who is a member of Wisegate — a network of IT experts and an information service for senior IT professionals — adds that most only react after a major issue. ”Until then they have a very high risk tolerance with technology,” he says. “I do think it is positive to see this issue raised at the level of the President.

“Businesses simply do not get the business risk paradigm shift from mainframes, with their centralized and isolated security, to a distributed PC environment connected on an Internet that was never designed to be secure,” Zinaich concludes. “Add to that mix the anytime/anywhere business-induced requirements and you have even more exposure.”