There\u2019s been no shortage of coverage and commentary on the snowballing incidents of data theft and ID fraud lately. The Economist\n\njoins the fray, telling us that information protection, which had been\n\n\u201cleft, until now, to geeky, low-level IT staff to put right, and seen\n\nas a concern only of data-rich industries such as banking, telecoms and\n\nair travel\u2026 is now high on the boss\u2019s agenda in businesses of every\n\nvariety.\u201d\n\n\n\nAs well it should be. CIO News Alerts blog has been following some of the past week\u2019s data loss news. And given that the Economist has a separate story\n\nin the same issue on corporate executives actually getting real jail\n\ntime for their crimes and negligence, there\u2019s an added punch to the\n\ndirective to top execs to attend to security. \n\n\u201cBoards should pay as much attention to these IT operational risks as they do to other operational risks in the firm,\u201d the Economist\n\nquotes George Westerman of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and\n\nadds: A wise boss will appoint a senior executive to be responsible for\n\ndata security\u2014and not just to have a convenient scapegoat in the event\n\nof a leak. \n\nThis could be a useful article to share if you\u2019re trying to lobby\n\nfor more support or investment in data security resources at your\n\norganization.\n\n\n\nWhat Else the CEO Is ReadingApparently an unpublished\n\nbook of deep thoughts on management by Bill Swanson, CEO of Raytheon,\n\nhas been a cult favorite of CEOs for awhile now, as reported by Business 2.0 (subscription required). (An Amazon.com search gets you only a conciliatory: \u201cCustomers who searched for Swanson\u2019s Unwritten Rules of Management expressed interest in:\u201d and a list of some other management titles.) Still, you can get a profile of Swanson\n\nand a list of the rules (e.g., Number Three: If you are not criticized,\n\nyou may not be doing much, or Number Twenty: Cultivate the habit of\n\n\u201cboiling matters down\u201d to simplest terms) from CCG, a company promoting minority achievement in science and technology.