Can you trust your IT professional’s answer?

by | Aug/11/2010

I had the pleasure of performing an audit at a company recently where the lead IT professional was shocked to learn that his e-commerce system needed to be secure in order to keep credit card information secure as part of PCI-DSS compliance.

This company, like many, had separate networks for e-commerce and for administration. The IT professional had been telling his CEO that the organization was “compliant” based on the security of the office administration network—not the IT systems that actually process, store, and transmit credit card information.  He pretended to be shocked that he needed to secure the computers and network that actually handle the credit card data.

As IT professionals, it is important to know what we are talking about when we answer a CEO’s question. Especially if a wrong answer could lead to the CEO facing fines, lawsuits, and even the failure of a business. If we don’t know, the proper response is, “I do not know but I will find out.”

As a C-level executive, business owner, and as a manager, it is important to understand that, unfortunately, some IT professionals will tell you that you are compliant with specific regulations when they really don’t know.

I want to extend my gratitude to the IT professionals who do act responsibly!

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