Some months ago I responded to a question in the ISACA forum posed by a person who described himself as a lone wolf security professional. In being alone, he was involved in all information security tasks, in every phase of the Deming circle—Plan, Do, Check and Act. The question asked if it was possible and ethical to check his own policy, plan and progress; this is a very good question, and a dilemma that is known by many information security professionals.

In 2010, the Dutch government forced all hospitals to implement information security. This resulted in the creation of my own job as information security officer in one of the larger hospitals in the south of The Netherlands. It was a huge challenge; I had a willing management, but very limited resources, and I was the only information security professional in the organization. In other words, I was a lone wolf. And I had, like the person on the forum, to check my own work. Not because nobody was willing to check my work, but the knowledge was simply not there. Like the person on the forum, I felt very uncomfortable with that situation.

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