Ackoff’s Best

Russell L. Ackoff

Wiley, 1999


Information security should be managed using similar methods to any other business process. As such, Russell Ackoff is one of our most celebrated management thinkers; he has much to offer to the practice of security management. This book is a compilation of essays under several of his major themes. One is the necessity for systems thinking in developing solutions to problems. This concept is especially critical to management of information security, given its holistic objectives. A second theme is managing for change. This is another great security objective, since threats are never predictable and the organization must be able to adapt with suitable controls. Other essays on mission statements (“it should…enable progress toward objectives to be measured”), planning and management systems will be a good source of ideas that can be applied to improve any security management program.

About the Book Reviewer

Frederick Scholl

Frederick Scholl is an accomplished Global Senior Information Security Risk Manager. Dr. Scholl earned a BS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. In 1991, Fred founded Monarch Information Networks, LLC to enable forward-thinking organizations to protect their information. Previously, he co-founded Codenoll Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: CODN). He chaired the IEEE committee that wrote the first standard for Ethernet communication over fiber optic links, now used world-wide.