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YBGIBG Security

For the last year, I have been reading many books about start-ups. Currently I am reading a book called “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”; a book which in October 2011, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list, with CNBC stating that it had “already [become] a must-read for any entrepreneur”.

Throughout this and other books, I see the topic of security risks and protecting customer Information ignored and dismissed.

I guess the meme IBGYBG (I’ll be gone, you’ll be gone) discussed in Thomas L. Friedman’s “Why How Matters”, The New York Times, October 14 2008, applies to the security of business systems and networks.

To paraphrase Mr. Friedman with a security spin, “We got away from the basics — from the fundamentals of prudent security, where the company or organization maintains some kind of personal responsibility for, and personal interest in, whether the person receiving the private data can actually protect it. Instead, we fell into what some people call YBG IBG security: “you’ll be gone and I’ll be gone” before the compromises happen.

What do you think B-School graduates, ‘C-Suite’ set and entrepreneur community? Am I being too hard?

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