Melissa Hathaway doubts Congress will enact a cybersecurity law. "I fear we will continue to watch the bills 'sit here and wait, while a few key congressmen sit and debate. It's not easy to become a law," she writes, citing a kid's jingle.
In the areas of risk management and business continuity, security professionals have advanced significantly since Sept. 11, 2001. But there's still an issue of complacency that needs to be addressed, says Rolf von Roessing, past international vice president of ISACA.
Information security poses a major challenge to the widespread adoption of cloud computing, yet the Cloud Security Alliance, an association of cloud stakeholders, sees the cloud as a provider of information security services.
Former CIA lawyer and senior congressional staffer Suzanne Spaulding will assume the Federal Protective Service, Infrastructure Protection, Risk Management and U.S.-Visit portfolios. Current Acting Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer will oversee cybersecurity.
Merging government agencies responsible for physical and information security into a single operation makes sense, says Michigan's new chief security officer, Dan Lohrmann. After all, he says, the same technologies used to allow entry to a building also can be deployed to permit access to a sensitive database.
As smartphone usage grows, so do emerging threats of mobile malware. When it comes to mobile banking security, financial institutions can only do so much. Security solutions will have to come from mobile vendors, says ENISA's Giles Hogben.
Mobile apps and smartphone security are increasing global concerns. But Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA says mobile malware mania is a bit overhyped, since mobile is actually more secure than most other platforms currently on the market.