“Securing the Enterprise” does not mean locking down a starship, yet. But what does it mean? The “computer guys” know. But even they think about it in terms of boxes and wires or digital data. For the rest of us it means knowing where our computer “stuff” is and whether it is under physical and digital lock and key. It’s true that keeping track of all that “stuff” requires a lot of work. Some think it’s not worth the effort. Those who have fallen victim to a cyber attack or a breach of cyber security because of lost or unsecured assets would strongly disagree.
What does it take to enter your computer assets into an appropriate database? Obviously, the answer is time and effort, two things in short supply. What do you get after taking the time and effort? On the surface, maybe not much. There’s no formal ceremony or high-flying when the work is done. Job satisfaction? Maybe only for a few highly organized types. It’s just another administrative task that no one gets too excited about. Your workday doesn’t change. At the very least, it’s another task crossed off your list. In fact, there’s a good chance you put it pretty far down your list.
What do you get if you don’t enter them into the database? A potential security breach because assets were unknowingly lost, stolen or because a critical security patch was not automatically installed. Then things get exciting.