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The definite buzz this year in infosec has been how we can align business objectives with IT and security. It’s been an ongoing issue, but IT organizations haven’t really gone out of their way to make it a mandate. In some cases, IT departments are being marginalized by the consumerization of IT. There is a need to prove the value and worth of IT to the business. To do that IT departments must move away from being seen just as a cost center to being seen as a critical element for business growth. How can IT actually support, innovate, and grow the business?

At Interop in Las Vegas this year, I asked IT pros on the floor how they went about aligning IT with their business. While many had a hard time answering the question, many didn’t. Listen to their advice on how they align IT with their business.