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Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea, because plenty of other people in your organisation already overlap with their responsibilities, or could usefully do their jobs. That’s an idea advanced by analyst firm Gartner’s vice president and research fellow Tom Scholtz, who has raised it as a deliberately provocative gesture to get people thinking about how to best secure their organisations. Scholtz’s hypothesis is that when organisations perceive more risk, they create a dedicated team to address it . That team, he said, grows as the scope of risk grows . With business quickly expanding their online activities, that means lots more risk and lots more people in the central team .

Which might do the job but also reminded Scholtz that big teams are seldom noted for efficiency. He also says plenty of businesses see centralised security as roadblocks . I met one chief security officer who said his team is known as the ‘business prevention department’, Scholtz told Gartner’s Security and Risk Management Summit in Sydney today. He therefore looked at how security teams might become less obstructive and hit on the idea of pushing responsibility for security into other teams . One area where this could work, he said, is endpoint security, a field in which many organisations have dedicated and skilled teams to tend desktops and/or servers .

Data security is another area ripe for potential devolution, as Scholtz said security teams often have responsibility to determine the value of data and how it can be used, as do the teams that use that data . Yet both teams exist in their own silo and duplicate elements of each other’s work . Giving the job to one team could therefore be useful. He also pointed out that security teams’ natural proclivities mean they are often not the best educators inside a business, yet other teams are dedicated to the task and therefore excellent candidates for the job of explaining how to control risk. Scholtz’s research led him to believe that organisations will still need central security teams, but that devolution is unlikely to hurt if done well .

Indeed, he said he’s met CIOs who are already making the idea happen, by always looking for other organisations to take responsibility for tasks they don’t think belong in a central technology office. Making the move will also require a culture that sees people willing to learn, fast, and take on new responsibilities . Organisations considering such devolution will also need strong cross-team co-ordination structures, plus the ability to understand how to integrate security requirements into an overall security solution design.

Even those organisations who ultimately see such devolution as too risky, Scholtz said, can still take something away from the theory, by using it to ensure that business unit or team leaders feel accountable for securing their own tools .

Devolving security can also help organisations identify which security functions have been commoditised and are therefore suitable for outsourcing.

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References

  1. ^ Buyers guide to cloud phone systems (go.theregister.com)

From security to driving, these are some jobs which are on offer in Swadlincote and Ashby

It can be a challenge finding a new job but for those looking in Swadincote and Ashby there are a variety of roles on offer . From working in a factory to keeping customers safe while they are out shopping, there are jobs on offer across a wide range of sectors. For those looking for something different, a new challenge or even their first job, here are some of the roles on offer at the moment.

FLT reach driver1

Simplified Recruitment is on the look-out for reach truck drivers to join a market leader in global logistics . The successful applicant will work at the busy distribution centre in Swadlincote. The recruiter is looking for someone who can perform any number of tasks including driving of FLTs, picking, packing, putaway, Ecomm processing, loading and unloading, PI counting, hygiene, returns and be able to use desktop PCs and laptops.

Anyone interested only has until August 23 to get their applications in . More information on the benefits of the job is available here2.

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Security officer (relief)3

Securitas is looking for someone with a sense of integrity, security know-how and desire to serve to join the team as it makes up the core of the company. The successful applicant will need an SIA security licence and be immaculately turned out, polite and pro-active when engaging with customers to ensure a complete customer experience is provided.

Requirements of the role include security experience, an SIA security licence, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle. Anyone interested has until September 4 to perfect their applications and more information on what is required is available here4.

Logistics account manager5

GBA Services is looking for someone to take responsibility for maintaining and developing specific customer accounts, which will involve quoting and sourcing the best possible logistics option for a variety of customers from various industries. The successful candidate will have a logistics background ideally within express freight and experience managing customer expectations and developing sales as well as strong leadership and communication skills.

Applicants must have previous experience of working towards KPIs and recording information accurately and to tight deadlines . Anyone interested has until September 11 to apply and more information is available here6.

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Credit controller7

JR Personnel is on the look-out to provide a professional and business-like service to customers at a company in Ashby. They are looking for someone to efficiently deal with credit control tasks, chase payments on the phone and liaise with other departments relating to customer relations/service requirements.

The successful applicant will be a confident person with excellent customer skills and phone manner as well as being able to use Microsoft office skills and be highly organised.

Anyone interested has until September 12 to apply and more information is available here8.

If this is not the job for you, there are hundreds more available by visiting Fish4Jobs9.

References

  1. ^ FLT reach driver (www.fish4.co.uk)
  2. ^ here (www.fish4.co.uk)
  3. ^ Security officer (relief) (www.fish4.co.uk)
  4. ^ here (www.fish4.co.uk)
  5. ^ Logistics account manager (www.fish4.co.uk)
  6. ^ here (www.fish4.co.uk)
  7. ^ Credit controller (www.fish4.co.uk)
  8. ^ here (www.fish4.co.uk)
  9. ^ Fish4Jobs (www.fish4.co.uk)

Spain to boost security after deadly attacks

Spanish officials are to boost security at crowded areas and sites popular with tourists following two attacks in the country. The attacks, both claimed by the Islamic State group, left 13 people dead in Barcelona and one woman dead in Cambrils. There are 53 people still in hospital, 13 of them in a critical condition, while another 78 people have been released after treatment.

Image: Thirteen people were killed in the Barcelona attack and dozens injured

Spain’s interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido confirmed increased security for events that draw large crowds as well as at popular tourist sites. Spanish media also said that security at the border with France was being strengthened, while French police carried out extra border checks on people arriving from Spain. There will be extra security at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium today, with nearly 100,000 people expected for the team’s first game of the season against Real Betis. The game will include a minute of silence for the victims and Barcelona’s football team will wear black armbands and special shirts, bearing the Catalan words for “We are all Barcelona”.

:: Imam’s home raided as police hunt terror mastermind1 Catalan regional police are mounting road blocks in the northeast of Spain as officers search for at least one man suspected to have been involved in the Barcelona attack, who is still on the run.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, is a Moroccan national who was living in the Spanish town of Ripoll, where his flat is one of nine addresses raided by police on Saturday. He is not believed to be among those held or shot dead by police in the coastal resort of Cambrils, where the second attack took place. Earlier, Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the site of the attack at Las Ramblas, placing a wreath and two candles on the ground. They were accompanied by Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau.

:: The victims of Spain’s terrorist attacks2

Image: The royals visited victims of the Barcelona attack in hospital

Earlier, the royal couple visited a hospital where many victims from Thursday’s attack were being treated, also speaking with medical staff. Catalan emergency services have said that seven of the 14 victims have been identified from both attacks, including four Spaniards, two Portuguese and an Italian, while family members or government officials have said a US man, a second Italian and a woman from Belgium were also killed. Spanish authorities have also said that the terror cell behind deadly twin attacks has been “dismantled”3. In a news conference, interior minister Mr Zoido said the cell comprised 12 young men, many of them Moroccan, and some teenagers.

“The cell has been completely dismantled,” he told reporters.

References

  1. ^ Imam’s home raided as police hunt terror mastermind (news.sky.com)
  2. ^ The victims of Spain’s terrorist attacks (news.sky.com)
  3. ^ terror cell behind deadly twin attacks has been “dismantled” (news.sky.com)