Guest Column | March 2, 2016

7 Ways IT Integrators Can Help Security Leaders Effectively Manage Enterprise Operations

Heather Zindel, CEO, Bloom Consulting Group

By Heather Zindel, CEO, Bloom Consulting Group

Today’s enterprise security leaders face unique challenges that require a tailored approach to operations in the current business climate, including the need for a strong ROI, consolidated operations, and thoughtful investment in new technology. To achieve the necessary levels of business security and effective operations management, IT integrators must work side-by-side with these security leaders and implement the following best practices throughout the process.

Understand The Client’s Perspective On Enterprise Risk

The role of the IT integrator is to take a non-proprietary technology approach to the development of the best solution for their client. Their primary objective is to understand the goals of the project along with the customer’s vision and timeline to accomplish it through design and implementation of technology.  However, to be successful helping security and risk executives manage their enterprise operations more effectively, the IT Integrator needs to first understand their client’s perceived risks at an organizational level from the business perspective, not the IT perspective. One way to start is to have the entire project team read the 10-K, an annual report required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that gives a comprehensive summary of a company’s financial performance. It also provides a summary of the key risks that the company faces around the world. 

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