The phrase security clearance will become more common in general business as well as sensitive government agencies, says Unisys security consultant Terry Shubkin.
“The weakest link in the security chain is still people,” she told a Computer Society meeting last week.
Increasingly, companies will insist that ICT support staff and client-facing staff must be security cleared, ensuring that they have no suspicious incidents in their past and are likely to abide by the company´s security standards.
Increasing concern with security, she says, will provide one more disincentive in the already delicate decision whether to outsource ICT work overseas. If the staff working on software are too far from vetting and control by head office, vulnerabilities could intentionally or inadvertently be introduced to its ICT systems.