For 20 years, Innovation has not made common cause with security

For 20 years, Innovation has not made common cause with security

As I view the landscape of emerging technologies, such as mobile devices, smart electrical grids and my current passion - cloud computing, it is apparent to me that innovation has not made common cause with security, and likely never will.

SC Magazine -- A sure sign of the infosec times

SC Magazine -- A sure sign of the infosec times

I started reading SC Magazine over 15 years ago, pre-Haymarket, when I started my journey in the information security industry. Back then it was a small publication that gave users and vendors direct insight into emerging security technology, alerts and products.

Information security's one constant: Change

Information security's one constant: Change

As the complexity factor increases, requirements for security architects will be paramount. As more services are provided by partners accessing them via the extranet, the need for identity management, the ability to attest to the authenticity of the data, and the security of the environment will be a challenge.

Better metrics are vital to success

Better metrics are vital to success

In the last twenty years, the internet has made everyone equidistant. Today's technology-savvy crooks do not have to be physically near their victims; they may remain comfortable hundreds or thousands of miles away while they act. Through automation, they can perform reconnaissance on a large number of targets within minutes. They also don't have to take the time to physically carry cash and instead rely on electronic transfer.

The last 20 years and the evolution of IT security

The last 20 years and the evolution of IT security

Twenty years ago, IT security was just an afterthought at the bottom of everyone's priority list. The mischief that ensued was primarily for bragging rights and personal satisfaction. As businesses have transitioned to conducting 99+ percent of their essential functions electronically, the motivation has also shifted from egotistical to monetary. To say that IT security practices have not kept pace is an understatement.

From blocking bad to enabling good

From blocking bad to enabling good

During the past two decades malware has evolved significantly and has continuously raised the bar in terms of sophistication and pervasiveness.

Data stewardship, accountability: Expanding roles of the security professional

Data stewardship, accountability: Expanding roles of the security professional

Looking to where we are today, the biggest change is the convergence of security, privacy and data stewardship. No longer does the security professional need to consider intrusions, but the boarder impact of data governance, consumer rights as well as regulatory obligations.

Formalized development of information assurance

Formalized development of information assurance

One could look at a wide view of information security and see numerous events, applications and incidents that could be defined as catalyst for critical changes in information security. However, I believe that the overarching critical evolution is in the formalized development of the field of information assurance (IA)/security.

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