When it comes to hot topics, they don't get hotter than authentication, cloud computing and IT governance - all of which I've discussed at length in recent interviews with industry thought-leaders. Let's review some highlights from these conversations.
"No one up here wants to stop Apple or Google from doing the incredible things that you do," Sen. Al Franken says. "What today is about is trying to find a balance between all of those wonderful benefits and the public's right to privacy."
Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.
Wire fraud incidents from China prove current security measures, including multifactor authentication, are too easy to bypass. And security pundits say it all points back to why the financial industry needs more guidance about adequate online security.
"Our security teams were working very hard to defend against denial of service attacks, and that may have made it more difficult to detect the intrusion quickly, all perhaps by design," Sony Computer Entertainment America Chairman Kazuo Hirai said in a letter to Congress.
In the wake of the RSA, Epsilon and Sony PlayStation data breaches, we spoke to two global information security leaders and asked for their three biggest leadership lessons learned. Here is what they shared.
Big brother isn't the relation the government sees itself portraying in developing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. Uncle Sam has a more avuncular role in mind, giving advice and serving as a role model.
From mobile devices to social media and cloud computing, IT governance is all about risk management. "You can't de-risk everything, but you can de-risk the majority of circumstances you will see in normal operations," says governance expert Robert Stroud.
After firing four employees, including the heads of IT and information security, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has taken personal responsibility for a security breach that exposed the personal information of some 3.5 million individuals.
Experts warn of ingenious phishing attacks based on the latest news. "This is one of those rare opportunities that can build you a great list and a couple of zeros in your profit," one hacker is quoted as saying.