Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Problems of teamwork

The report of the week

Essays are an essential part of academic life. Whether it's in school, high school or college, we've all had to face a variety of essays. The real problem to pass the year came when they essays had to be done by teams. If you were lucky, you could set up your own team and surely it’d go like a dream. However, if the teacher was the one making the teams, the die was cast.

Why? Because if you were in the team with the apathetic person of the class you knew you’d have to work your part and his/hers. Or not only that, imagine that you are looking for the desired 10 while your teammates are satisfied with a simple 5. That disparity of goals could make the work become a hostile hell. The worst thing is that as adults we continue to experience similar situations, also related to companies and cybersecurity.

This is confirmed by the study carried out by Centrify and the Ponemon Institute. According to a survey of 113 companies that have suffered a breach, 71% of IT managers claim that brand protection is not their responsibility, while 70% do not believe their companies have high skills to prevent such attacks.

The study also showed other data, such as: 67% of marketing managers are concerned about reputation, while 63% of IT are only concerned about their work. These same computer differences 4 negative consequences above the others:

  • Significant financial damage (52%).
  • Increased scrutiny of the capabilities of the IT function (51%).
  • Significant damage to the brand and its reputation (35%).
  • Decrease in the number of customers and consumer confidence in their organization (35%).

Cybersecurity consultant Jessica Barker believes that this disconnection between the IT team and the marketing managers is very interesting and shows that we still have a long way to go to be working correctly in organizations and for people to "truly see that cybersecurity is everyone's business, not just of the IT team. "

Bill Mann, senior vice president of products and product manager at Centrify, said at a panel discussion that some organizations do a good job of coping with violations, but some others do nothing at all. "It's really not about establishing strategies through organizations and investing more in a company, but rather alignment and communication within organizations."

Mann also said that each directive board should ask itself if it was improving and, in his view, he felt it was not happening. That is why companies should ask and educate all staff members about the impacts on the brand. When asked if consultants who were not part of the company were part of the problem, Mann said that this could be improved if consultants know what their priorities are.

Another problem of the companies according to the consultant Brian Honan is that in many cases, IT professionals that have a primary focus in the technology do not worry about the loyalty of the company. "For them, the focus is on the technology and the type of technical projects in which they can be involved," he explained. "The most successful IT professionals and security professionals tend to be those who have an active interest in the business and understand the organization's business goals and strategies," he said.

Another fact that the study gathered by infosecurity shows is that those companies that were attacked had suffered an average fall of 5% of the price of their shares. That's why Mann says: "It's time for senior officials to recognize that data protection is not just an IT problem, but a core business concern that needs a strategic approach to protect the entire organization.

We've all been bothered by teamwork. However, what we are not able to assimilate at that time is that they are performed as a kind of "practice" to work in the future. Like it or not, in adulthood we have to relate and work with others to be able to go ahead and this preamble serves as preparation for what will come sooner or later. However, after reading this report, it seems that some do not have the lesson learned...


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