Managing information security

Thursday, 6 June 2002, 1:11 PM EST

Although information security has traditionally been the responsibility of information technology departments, some companies have made it a business issue as well as a technological one. This year we studied security best practices at Fortune 500 companies, particularly 30 that had recently appointed a senior business executive to oversee information security. (According to an April 2001 estimate by Gartner, half of the Global 2000 are likely to create similar positions by 2004.) A handful of these Fortune 500 companies are now adding strategic, operational and organizational safeguards to the technological measures they employ to protect corporate information.

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