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Perkins also said the time has also come to acknowledge there's no such thing as "perfect protection" and that the expense of providing security has to be more commensurate with business risk. That means the dialog between IT and the business user about what security is and what "appropriate risk" levels are has to be undertaken in earnest in 2013. Business people are not really interested in operational metrics of IT, such as how effective patching is, Perkins noted. Their idea of metrics involves factors such as effective, secure collaboration with supply-chain partners and the focus should be to those ends.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: email@example.com.
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