Michael McNeil, Global Chief Privacy and Security Officer at Medtronic, described how an organization can improve its global information security program during his presentation at the 2013 Chief Information Security Officer Leadership Forum in Chicago on Nov. 14. In his presentation, “Answering the Challenge: A Holistic Approach to Global Security,” McNeil stated that collaboration is important for an organization that wants to manage security risks.
McNeil noted that different departments within an organization can provide valuable feedback to help it improve its global information security program. By encouraging employees within various departments to collaborate with one another, McNeil said, an organization can dramatically improve its global information security program within a short period of time: “The one thing that I have tried to do is to make sure that collaboration and that marriage between [different] areas is a key focus, and to keep that as sort of paramount no matter if I was reporting to the CIO or reporting [to the] chief operating officer or into the general counsel.”
An organization should try to bring together a group of employees that has a variety of skills when developing a global information security program, McNeil added. In fact, McNeil said that an organization that leverages myriad talented employees can minimize its global information security risks for years to come: “From building [our global information security program] into our ongoing processes, we needed to make sure we had a combination of … skill sets and making sure that I have internal hackers that can look at the designs of these products and solutions in a different manner.”