"There are still a lot of inexperienced people out there that are passing themselves off as experts," says Scott Laliberte, managing director of Protiviti, outlining the common challenges of penetration testing.
When economists dissected July's 0.1 point drop in overall unemployment, to 9.1 percent, they attributed the decline mostly to fewer people seeking work. But that's not the case for IT security professionals. There are few discouraged workers in the information technology occupation categories these days.
Looking at the international stock market crash and the impact it's likely to have on future investments in fraud detection and prevention, how much can banks and credit unions reasonably afford, when economic stability is shaky and the financial future uncertain?
"The timing and the targets point to China," says cybersecurity policy expert James Lewis. "Spying right before the Beijing Olympics and focusing on Southeast Asia reflects China's larger interests more than those of any other country."
Organizations taking proper preventative measures realize a cost savings of nearly 25 percent over those that don't, an analysis of a survey sponsored by Hewlett-Packard reveals. Still, the study shows, it takes longer to resolve cyberattacks than it did a year ago.
It's the new conventional wisdom: all computer networks will be attacked.
For Phyllis Schneck, that means organizations must be resilient, keeping computers functioning even when they're under assault.
Since becoming Vermont's first CISO three years ago, Kris Rowley's been on a quest to create an IT security culture in state government. Rowley's latest initiative, bringing risk assessment in-house, is helping build that culture.
Nearly three months after revelation of a year-long information security breach that exposed personal information of some 3.5 million people at the Texas state comptroller's office, the comptroller has named a new chief information security officer and chief privacy officer.