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Security, Privacy, Risk: Think Convergence

Converged Programs Allow Faster Response, Lower Costs, Says ADP's Cloutier

Security leadership has come a long way since the days when the CIO - and later CSO or CISO - was required to just be an information security or "cyber" expert. Running a security department now requires not just technical acumen but also business acumen. But the best organizations take it even further, by creating converged programs, says Roland Cloutier, CSO of Roseland, NJ-based global business outsourcing services provider ADP.

Conceptually, this isn't a complicated approach. "Convergence is simply this: managing your security business better, for your business," he says.

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In information security terms, for many organizations convergence means tasking a single executive to oversee not just information security, but also privacy and risk, he says.

In this video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent New York Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Cloutier discusses how this convergence facilitates:

  • Faster decision-making and incident response;
  • Better transparency and cost management;
  • More centralized visibility into all security, privacy and risk-related processes.

Prior to working for ADP, Cloutier served as CSO of EMC, vice president of cybersecurity for Paradigm Technology Partners - acquired by Aimnet Solutions - and was the founder of Brac Solutions. For nine years, he also worked in law enforcement for the U.S. government, serving as an agent for the U.S. Air Force Combat Security Police, as a Defense Department Aerospace Protection Specialist, and as a police detective for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In November 2015, Elsevier published Cloutier's first book, "Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Officer."

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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