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New Guidebook From PwC Helps Companies Align Security with Strategic Business Objectives

Constant changes in the business, security and regulatory environments hasten the need for security to be managed with greater discipline.

“How to Align Security with Your Strategic Business Objectives,” a new guidebook released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers, explains how companies can link security with their business vision in order to embrace change and position themselves for success.

The guidebook enables organizations to think about their security strategies and plan proactive security programs based on five strategic dimensions: assess, analyze, strategize, align and communicate. This leverages PricewaterhouseCoopers' SecurityATLAS(tm) framework to help companies create their own prioritized roadmap toward the development, delivery, communication and maintenance of an enterprise-wide information security strategy.

James Quinnild, Advisory partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and lead author of the book notes that it pays to look ahead. “Instead of dealing with security matters in a reactive way, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) today must concentrate on creating a proactive security culture,” says James. “Companies that take the time to get it right in the early stages will reap performance improvement benefits in the long term. We've helped clients identify million dollar plus projects not aligned with their overall strategy or the highest priority, which were refocused to position security as an efficient, proactive security organization that is aligned with the business.”

The CISO's role and the success of security in the organization has become more visible due to increased security threats, regulatory compliance, management accountability and resulting security spend. The CISO is responsible for managing crucial links between information security and operational performance. Security is also at the forefront of regulatory compliance initiatives and is critical for maintaining a competitive posture and overall success.

“Become a business leader with the soul of a technologist,” says Quinnild. “The most effective CISOs today aren't just experts in technology; they're experts in how technology must be positioned and implemented to support the business.”

To obtain a downloadable copy of the new guidebook, visit www.securityatlas.com or to order a hard copy of the book, call 800.639.7576 and provide shipping instructions.

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