Organizations using semantics and big data tools are creating a new position called data scientist to help uncover fraud and identify undetected vulnerabilities. Here are profiles of three leaders who have embraced this role.
People receiving IT security graduate degrees are highly educated, but as the Center for Internet Security's William Pelgrin says, "We have a deficit of those individuals who can pick up the ball and run with it very quickly." He's doing something about that.
"Without combining relevant data sets impacting the network, security professionals will fail in characterizing threats and targeted intruder activity," says Ed Stoner, a senior Carnegie Mellon researcher.
Gartner's Tom Scholtz doesn't see a shortage of technically skilled IT security practitioners. But he perceives a dearth of infosec pros who truly understand how security links to an enterprise's business goals.
Owners of critical infrastructure might be shamed into providing the necessary security to safeguard their information assets. That's one takeaway of a compromise Senate bill proposed by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican Jon Kyl.
Banks and credit unions are investing in enhanced fraud detection, but are they spending money on the right things? The new Faces of Fraud survey report shows too many are still confused by updated FFIEC demands.
"When students come out of this program they will be what industry will like them to be and much more than that ," says Dr. Michael Hicks, director for the Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland.
LinkedIn contends it had on staff world-class security experts when nearly 6.5 million members' hashed passwords were pilfered, although the social media company has neither a chief information officer nor chief information security officer.
Howard Schmidt takes exception with aspects of our blog that addresses his position in the White House hierarchy and relationship with agencies' chief information security officers. Here's his response.