Today, a fellow CISO of mine sent out a flash over our private CISO bat channel (yes, we do have these) saying he was leaving his role and heading off to not “do security” anymore. As I read the note, it struck me that this was not the first time I had seen this same scenario in the past month.
According to a survey of 500 IT professionals (conducted by cloud and data center solutions provider INAP), 57 percent feel they’re only contacted when something goes wrong, and 27 percent feel strongly that “senior management has clearly communicated a desire to see the IT team more aligned with the goals of individual business units.”
There was a time when the corporate security team was responsible for setting the policies for overall security within an organization including digital. Today, those responsibilities are likely to be separated between a Chief Security Officer (CSO) and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). This brings into play the views, opinions, needs and requirements of both the CSO and the CISO and the potential conflict that may ensue.
As hackers, security breaches and malware attacks continue to dominate headlines, cyber crime has emerged as a global “pandemic” that last year cost people and organizations an estimated $600 billion, according to CNBC. So it’s not surprising that combating such activities has become a lucrative and rewarding career. So, if you’re considering launching a career or advancing into a leadership role in this booming field, you may be wondering which path is right for you.
More and more, the news is filled with stories about how personal information is being used to benefit others. From revelations after Mark Zuckerberg’s pseudo mea culpa in front of Congress last month, to stories about fake news, identity theft, and how data mining is being used by political campaigns to understand the demographics and psychographics of potential voters, these Little Brothers are collecting massive amounts of personal data – all with our tacit consent.
Longtime (ISC)2 volunteer Professor Howard Schmidt has passed away today. He was the executive director of SAFECode and former White House cybersecurity coordinator, and he spent 30 years contributing to the information security industry. He was recently awarded the 2016 (ISC)2 Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hardly a week goes by without a new hack or cyber breach being reported in the news, and companies are spending lot of time and attention in improving their IT security. But as companies set out to “raise their game” in protecting their confidential information from cyberattacks, it is important to understand and act on the fact that cybersecurity is not just a technology issue.
Our May issue cover article features “How SOCS Help in Training Security Professionals”.
Also in May, license plate reader technology is on the rise. How can LPR technology secure perimeters and lessen cybersecurity threats? And discover "How to meet the Growing Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals".