Revelations that Google's Gmail and Sony Pictures were both targeted by hackers highlights growing concerns about cybersecurity and the sophistication - and frequency - of attacks, as well as how to keep the public informed about such incidents.
What's the top threat on the minds of global IT leaders? Employee-owned mobile devices - or BYOD (bring your own device), as the trend is known. The struggle: Do mobile device benefits outweigh the organizational risks?
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.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade heard from Sony and Epsilon about breaches that adversely affected consumer information. Both companies support a national data security and breach notification law.
"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."
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a government-private sector initiative, could enhance efficiency, security and privacy in all the transactions done online every day, says NIST's Jeremy Grant.
Organizations looking to improve their privacy management in the event of a breach "have to continually plan and prepare," says Nationwide's Chief Privacy Officer Kirk Herath. That means putting into writing a comprehensive plan.
Lockheed Martin, the country's largest military contractor, is investigating the root of a "significant and tenacious" attack against its information network. Could this attack be linked to the RSA SecurID hack earlier this year?
The recent Sony and Epsilon breaches sent a strong reminder that companies lack transparency and aren't prepared to respond to a breach once it occurs, says Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies.
"Ethical hacking" - is the term an oxymoron, or is it one of today's necessities in the fight against cybercrime? Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of the EC Council, feels strongly about why we need ethical hackers more today than ever before.