The National Security Agency is instituting some major changes after one of its trusted insiders, namely Edward Snowden, reportedly requested passwords of co-workers to gain access to systems for which he was not authorized. His ruse: Act the role of systems administrator needing the keys to do his job. Already inside, his co-workers believed him to be on the up-and-up. After all, despite his only being present a few weeks, they assumed he'd already gone through rigorous screening and could be trusted. Wrong.
Along with increased focus on insider threats and subsequent privacy concerns that the seeming never-ending NSA/Snowden saga has prompted, other major trends in 2013 abound. The continued rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), hacktivism, advanced persistent threats, cyber espionage, mobile malware and more are plaguing CSOs everywhere. Our year-end special Reboot reviews some of the newsworthy happenings related to these issues and gains some insight from thought leaders on what lies ahead.
Also in this annual special edition, we recognize once again leading industry minds whose undertakings this year contributed to the space in a palpable way. These industry veterans stand out for their skills, managerial prowess, insight and advocacy. And, finally, in our Product Section, you'll find our picks for this year's Industry Innovators.
As this year-end issue demonstrates, the vibrancy of this industry is as bright as ever and the challenges only more acute. However, stellar professionals on all fronts are at the ready.