Neil MacDonald

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Neil MacDonald
VP & Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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Security Thought for Thursday: Information is Like Inventory

by Neil MacDonald  |  July 30, 2009  |  1 Comment

  • It is an asset
  • It represents potential (revenue) for our organization
  • Sitting idle and locked in a warehouse, its potential is wasted
  • Its value typically diminishes over time

Why aren’t we laser-focused on putting information in motion to the people that need it, when and where they need it?

“Locking down” information has never been our goal. Freeing up information to get it to the right people at the right time in the right context to make the right decision must be.

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