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.
Globally, countries and organizations now recognize the need for a unified approach for managing IT infrastructure services, says Marlin Pohlman of the Cloud Security Alliance. The trick is developing this new set of global standards.
The Unisys Security Index shows growing public anxiety about Internet security. Unisys CISO Patricia Titus wonders how restless the public would be if the poll was conducted after revelations of breaches at RSA, Epsilon and Sony.
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.
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.
"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.
"On a global basis, countries are recognizing that they need a uniform commercial code, if you will, for data - a unified approach for managing IT infrastructure services," says Marlin Pohlman of the Cloud Security Alliance.
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.
Sony says personal information from more than 100 million customer accounts has been breached. The information includes customers name, addresses, e-mail addresses, birth dates, gender, phone numbers, login names and hashed passwords.