After three decades working in IT, I’ve noticed persistent peculiarities in how people deal with security oversight. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small mom-and-pop shop or the largest of corporations — the same behavior exists. And it’s the driving force behind so many unnecessary risks and subsequent data breaches.
The root of the problem lies in overreliance on security policies — or, really, paperwork. There’s so much credence given to security documentation that it often blinds leadership to how things actually work in and around IT. Those in charge of security make the effort, management sees action, security audits come up clean and all is well with security — or so it seems.
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