Shanghai Surprise


CIMG2124.JPGThe view on the left was the view from my hotel room in Tokyo. The one on the right is from Shanghai! Rather ironically, that is probably a good way to also contrast the approach to information security between the two locations.

The cultural differences and the way these have an impact on the attitude to information security are probably best summed up by within Japan, my take-away was that security is seen as a critical component of the whole business process. In China, it’s a cost. Policy that incurs cost without being seen as having any benefit is likely to be ignored. So the success or otherwise of the security program is dependant upon the ability to describe the benefits in financial terms: i.e. if you don’t do <insert policy here> your data will be stolen and your business will lose money.