Are Your Clients Protected?Each week the industry experts at CompTIA will provide a glimpse into their educational conference sessions offered at EHX 2012. This week, Lien-Anh Van Wagener, Senior Director of Events & Education, takes a look at the Quick Start Session on IT Security, taking place Friday, March 16 from 10:00am - 11:00am at EHX.
1. Why is it important for an integrator to understand IT Security?
"Organizations have to comply with both federal and state laws that protect sensitive data, and they have to be able to articulate the necessity of security solutions to their partners and clients. Security touches every business now, and those that deal with medical records, financial information, or legal documents are under the most scrutiny for security compliance and biggest risk for hacking."2. What’s new and exciting in your field of expertise?
"The Cloud and social media booms have catapulted security to the forefront. Securing virtual environments are not only necessary but also very challenging, so it’s important to do it right. Becoming a trusted advisor in security can ensure long-term success and growth for your company."3. What are the pitfalls if an integrator doesn’t fully know IT Security?
"If Security isn’t done correctly, it not only disrupts business as usual, but it can destroy your credibility, put innocent people at risk for identity theft, and open you up to a variety of lawsuits."4. Can you give a real life in the field scenario regarding IT Security?
"In April 2011, a large online entertainment company experienced an Internet security breach that robbed up to 77 million accounts of personal information and credit card numbers. It caused an outrage for customers around the world that trusted such a large, global company. Many customers were so fed up that they had no problem transferring to that company’s competitors. Regardless of how hard you try, it is very hard, if not impossible, to regain customer trust once it is compromised."5. Can you debunk any myths?
"Never think you have done enough. Hackers work 24/7, so you should have that kind of coverage for your business and for your customers as well."