While information security is very organizationally specific, many of the challenges faced by those tasked with safeguarding data are universal. For insurers of all sizes and lines of business, the focus is really about using a blend of technology and methodology in order to keep sensitive customer or corporate information safe.

This probably isn't news to information security officers, who need to defend against challenges ranging from insider risk, to organized crime to teenage hackers. As if the ever-widening menagerie of malware, viruses and worms is not enough to contend with, security officers also are being challenged to cover more ground, due to the proliferation of mobile and Web-based technology. Indeed, given the risks, the consequences of formulating business strategy without first considering the information security implications are grave.

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