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Why Don't IT Generalists Understand Security?

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Why doesn't the rest of the IT department understand what encryption and passwords can and can't do? And does it matter?

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anon9788632438
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10/8/2014 | 10:36:41 PM
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I'm in the camp that believes security specialists should be separate from general IT and risk management. I don't know the grounds from which you're making this observation aboUT general IT professionals but in my experience it is dead on. Mine can manage Active Directory and say big techy words but fail in carrying on basic conversation about security except to regurgitate but words.
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10/8/2014 | 10:35:15 PM
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I think a lot of general IT professionals find the policies of security to be a very boring and dry subject and simply skim over the required materials for their jobs.  Do they need to know?  I agree there is a happy middle ground where they should know enough to not be that weak link but should understand when they need to seek out a Security Profesional for more information.
JunkNtheTrunk
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10/8/2014 | 10:34:11 PM
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I believe that most IT professionals do not need to the ins and outs of encryption. That seems a bit much. I believe that a basic understanding of good security practices would be sufficient.
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10/8/2014 | 10:32:44 PM
Why Don't IT Generalists Understand Security?
The IT Generalist, dows not want to deal with security.  People want speed and conveinience, rather than deal with security slowiong down their productivity.  Most people also believe that there is a department dedicated to making the security piece work.  Modern trainig plans call for slides to present and educate the average user on need for security, and how they are an important part of security.  Skipping trhough slides, to get to the end, not really learning anything of value. The average user considers the requirement for security just an annual boring training requirement and not a day to day necessity.
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