High-profile data breaches at well-known companies such as Home Depot, Staples and Sony have shined a bright spotlight on data security, or the lack of it. But these breaches have also raised an alarm within these public companies and other organizations. Many more companies, including big IT service providers, have elevated the job of IT security to the C-level, a highly visible response to what is now a highly visible issue.
“Security jobs are being moved to the C-suite because the billions lost to data breaches are a C-level problem,” said Arthur Zilberman, CEO, LaptopMD.com, a New York-based computer repair company.
Making IT security such a high-level job sends a message to both customers and employees that it is a top priority.
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