RSA Chief Executive Art Coviello challenged a widespread belief that cybersecurity awareness could curb cyberthreats: "There's no amount of consumer education to make them smart enough to resist attacks. They're just too sophisticated."
"The same American ingenuity that put a man on the moon also created the Internet," President Obama says. "We must now harness that spirit of innovation to ... secure technologies to build a safer, more prosperous future for all Americans."
"We find a lot of security professionals saying, 'I'm just going to get another certification, or I'm going to get deeper into this technology skill,'" says researcher David Foote. "That's not going to get you very far."
Intelligence expert Terry Roberts says cyber intelligence, a new approach to IT security, could make significant gains in the coming year. "The good thing is, this isn't really rocket science," says the chair of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance's Cyber Council.
Government officials have confirmed a potential threat by al-Qaida against the United States as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks that hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon.