I may not be the first to use the term, but this concept is killing security and compliance across the globe. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the lack of function in companies with silos.

We see silos rear their ugly heads in virtually every customer we deal with. Sometimes it is the disgruntled manager that was passed up for a promotion that is no longer being a team player. Other times it is a team in another region of the globe that wants to do things their own way. Or maybe it is just a jerk sitting next to you in Prairie Dog Land.

So what do we do when these turf wars break out in our companies and derail our security efforts? I’d tell you, but I just decided to make this the topic of the October version of my column, Herding Cats!

Regardless, the task of busting silos is not something that a security group can do on their own. We can help set the tone or goals, but it must be carried out and pushed by the CEO. Getting the big guy’s (or gal’s) attention is not going to be easy, but the efficiency that can be gained by killing cross-dysfunctional teams will make a huge difference.

Make sure your company is one of the few that uses this tactic to improve their bottom line, especially in our weakened global economy!

This post originally appeared on BrandenWilliams.com.