One of my favourite cult classic movies was an obscure, but star studded picture called Mars Attacks. In the movie, Jack Nicholson plays the President of the United States trying to make peace with the vicious Martians. In his final scene, he makes an impassioned speech to the Martian leader with his final line being “why can’t we all just get along?” The Martian leader’s response was a tear and an “Ack-Ack,” followed by killing President Jack.
This scene is all too often paralleled in real life, with the opposing roles played by Security and IT. While they may not vaporize each other, they do operate under diametrically opposed missions. Security’s job is to keep the company safe – full stop. If they had their way, access to systems would be very tightly controlled and an almost weekly patching routine would be implemented, slowing the enterprise to a crawl. IT on the other hand is tasked with keeping the company up and running. They view patching as a necessary evil that consumes precious time and resources that they could focus on more innovative projects.