Security gains a voice with communications specialist
When Eric Cowperthwaite was heading up IT security at a major healthcare provider, a dedicated communications manager was his best defense to ensure the 75,000-plus employees were aware of security best practices and understood risk. Now in a similar position at a small player in the security software space, Cowperthwaite doesn’t have the budget for such a role, although he admits it’s not as critical given the size and focus of the firm.
“Today, I’m surrounded by 200 people who are engineers, programmers, and technical support staffers all speaking the same language and who accept the imperative of security more easily,” explains Cowperthwaite, vice president of security & strategy at Core Security, a 200-person provider of an attack intelligence platform. “It’s not a huge challenge here to communicate security and IT issues inside this company.”