There is a good chance that you have heard about Information Technology Business Management (ITBM) and its security-related counterpart, Security Operations Consulting (SOC), before. These two services are intrinsically related, optimizing operations that are commonly undervalued within your organization. In fact, it is possible for ITBM and SOC to completely eliminate the idea of “overhead” – generating business value from two critical, misunderstood departments.
ITBM is centered around one principle: IT needs to be run like a business. If you treat your IT department as an expense, it will operate as an expense – chewing up budgets and creating internal roadblocks. If you handle it like a business, it can become part of your overall strategy – driving value and contributing to success.
Security should also be run like a business, but SOC must consider additional matters, too. It provides guidance for safeguarding assets, which is increasingly difficult in today’s tumultuous cyber environment. SOC also ensures compliance with applicable Federal regulations, keeping your business in business.
ITBM and SOC are inherently related. They both solve vital organizational needs, maintain a certain level of service, protect against risks, and manage compliance activities. These actions cannot be separated from one another; they require coordinated efforts between the two departments.
With this interdependent relationship, it makes no sense to review IT without reviewing Security – and vice versa. They should be strategically evaluated at the same time, accounting for both their unique functions and their common elements.
Together, what can ITBM and SOC do?
When the services are conducted concurrently, ITBM and SOC build upon one another.