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.

The evolution of the internet, social networking and web 2.0 have accelerated value to business and consumers alike, providing ability for global communications, and unparallel efficiencies. Yet at the same time these efforts and innovations continue to be over shadowed by potential exploits and deceptive business activities. The cunning nature of the online criminals continues to outpace the best of us.

While backdoor hacking and unauthorized system (physical and remote) access continue to be major issues, the loss of data (hard drives, USB keys, computers and now Smartphones & IPhones), continue to make top headlines. Unless the profession takes a holistic approach on the long term issues and move to proactive consumer protection, the promise of the internet will not be fulfilled. The successful security professional needs to bridge the divide between business decision makers, privacy, policy and regulatory affairs. The Online Trust Alliance ( is committed to work with all stakeholders and advance best practices, business policy and regulations which support the goals of consumer and brand protection. Read our online principles

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