Organizations are starting to adapt to cloud computing, but they're hesitant about placing their core assets in the online environment, according to results from the 2011 ISACA IT Risk/Reward Barometer.
Some organizations hesitate to involve law enforcement in their breach investigations for fear that exposing the hack would cost them their reputations and money. A Justice Department contingent tells a gathering of lawyers why that impression is wrong.
Melissa Hathaway, at a cybersecurity forum for lawyers, calls for the cybersecurity education of judges so justice could be served in an era of digital assaults. She also explains how the Sony breach provides a new path for malware.
Despite improvement in organizations' abilities to plan for and predict disasters, they still lack an effective response. In fact, the biggest gap in business continuity today is understanding, says Lyndon Bird, director at the Business Continuity Institute.
It's clear that major data breaches have become not just a topic of mainstream news, but they're occurring with such frequency and potential devastation that they're almost deserving of a 24-hour news desk.
"Just securing the data is no longer enough," says Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 'Privacy professionals, in addition, need to prepare for what happens when things go wrong."
Quantifying the safety or danger of cyberspace is tough. But a highly respected IT security practitioner and an experienced risk management consultant have teamed to develop an index they contend reflects the relative security of cyberspace by aggregating the views of information security industry professionals.
The same approach governments and businesses employ to protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke could be applied to safeguard cyberspace, says Scott Charney, Microsoft's vice president of trustworthy computing, engineering excellence and environmental sustainability.
The recent data breaches at Epsilon and Sony should send a chilling message to privacy officers everywhere. "You can't prepare enough," says Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer of Nationwide Insurance Companies.